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Nestlé supports the Lord's house

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMKeisha Hill
Shawna Kidd, corporate communications and community relations manager at Nestlé, chats with Brother Michael Anasco at the Lord's Place during Nestle's recent visit to the facility.
Some of the children, accompanied by the brothers from Missionaries Of The Poor and the Nestlé team, mingle at the company's annual Christmas treat at the Lord's Place along Highholborn Road in downtown Kingston.
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Giving to your favourite charity feels good. there's no denying that. Nestlé  Jamaica, synonymous with giving back and helping persons in the community, recently visited the Missionaries of the Poor, Lord's Place Children's Home, for their annual Christmas treat.

Shawna Kidd, corporate communications and community relations manager at Nestlé , said throughout the world, Nestlé is very active in the field of traditional charity, supporting the ones most in need, whether it's the elderly and/or children.

"For Nestlé Jamaica, events such as this provides us with an opportunity to touch communities with love and generosity; something we embrace wholeheartedly," Kidd said.

The Lord's Place opened in November 1994 and cares for orphans, malnourished children, the elderly, retarded young women, and those terminally ill with AIDS. Presently, it hosts more than 150 residents.

 

Quality time

 

Brother Michael Anasco, who is head of the volunteers at the Highholborn Street, downtown Kingston location, said they were happy that the Nestlé team was able to visit and spend quality time with the children.

"Some of the children are mentally disabled, so they are unable to communicate well. Others can communicate, but not very well. Most parents are absent because of different reasons. Most of them are very poor and are unable to cope. Having the visitors here shows the love that persons have for the community and how genuinely they care about the children that we have here," Anasco said.

"There are many things we can give at Christmas, but time, love and charity are the basic ingredients of a truly happy and merry Christmas," Kidd said.

"Providing lunch for the more than 100 residents, including the children, brothers and caretakers, spending time with the children, singing dancing and feeding them was an inspiring opportunity to promote togetherness, to spread joy and to join hands with the brothers who selflessly give of themselves no matter the hour, day, year or the season," Kidd added.

The Missionaries of the Poor was established in Jamaica in 1981 by Father Richard Ho Lung.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com