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JMMB partners with charities, shares the love at Christmas

Published:Monday | December 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Little Joshua (right) gives Ayesha Dawes (left), co-founder of Gift of Love JA, a high five for her great work in sharing Christmas cheer and care packages with 12 families that were victims of a fire earlier this year. Also sharing in the moment is JMMB’s Nicole Watson.
Sharing in the Feeding of the 5000 initiative are JMMB volunteers: (from left) Suzie Haughton, Sophia Kennedy, Kaela Girod, Kelsey Girod, Abigail Mair, Kim Mair, Janet Francis and Carla Girod.
Gift of Love JA volunteers, JMMB team members, and residents of Rasta City in Tivoli Gardens are in a celebratory mood following the presentation of 12 care packages to the residents who were victims of a fire earlier this year.
JMMB’s Teverly Gray (centre) and son Tavoy Samuels (left) lend a hand in the food-preparation process during the Feeding of the 5000 initiative.

In the spirit of the Yuletide season, the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) team partnered with two charities, the Gift of Love Jamaica and Feeding of the 5000, to spread cheer and give of themselves to inner city residents and homeless individuals on December 19 and 20.

"This partnership is in line with JMMB's core values of love and togetherness and is a further build-out of a recent social media campaign which ran for Heroes Day, dubbed #JMMBHeroes," said marketing communications manager Stephenie Lugg-Lawrence. "The campaign highlighted the positive work that ordinary Jamaicans were doing in their respective communities. Gift of Love JA and Feeding of the 5000, along with Paint Jamaica, were recognised for their outstanding and impactful contribution to Jamaica that depicts the true heart of Jamaica, as these volunteers give selflessly to enrich the lives of others."

Co-founder of Gift of Love JA Ayesha Dawes and JMMB volunteers led an initiative to provide care packages for 12 families from Rasta City in Tivoli Gardens, whose homes were destroyed in a fire earlier this year. Moved by the needs of the less fortunate and special-needs children, Gift of Love JA seeks to provide basic aid, such as food, clothes and other forms of donations. During Christmas, the group, supported by JMMB, will make similar donations to over 25 families mainly drawn from the corporate area who have been affected by various crises.


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Members of the Rasta City community shared their gratitude for the tokens. Speaking on behalf of the residents gathered in front of the communal apartment complex that bears the remnants of their home, Shaquille Henry said, "we are happy for the donations and we are looking forward to further partnerships as we seek to change the face of Tivoli Gardens." Dawes said the support is welcomed as it allows Gift of Love JA to continue their work of touching the lives of persons who are often abandoned or overlooked.

"This partnership has afforded us the opportunity to provide more substantial tokens for these families who have genuine needs," she said. "We recognise that with the combined efforts and support from companies like JMMB, we can accomplish so much more and Jamaica has so many avenues for us to assist persons in need."

The JMMB team continued to share the love with those in need on the weekend by lending its support to the Feeding of the 5000 charity, which operates from Grafton Studios in Vineyard Town. The team and a few other corporate bodies assisted in providing and distributing over 1000 meals to individuals from communities such as Bowerbank, McGregor Gully, Rollington Town, Mountain View, Papine, Half-Way Tree, Windward Road and Spanish Town. Several children's homes in the Corporate Area were also visited by volunteers to spread Christmas cheer and give gifts. Homeless persons in the vicinity also received meals from the team.

Jordan Bennett commended the team of volunteers for their dedication and for sharing his vision, which is motivated by Christ's famous miracle where five loaves and two fish were used to feed 5000 persons. He said he was happy to see this level of partnership and support for an initiative that was birthed by his desire to feed especially homeless Jamaicans and those in need and how it continues to blossom and impact the lives of others.