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Kiwanis Club gives Valentine's Day love treat to indigent

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Residents of the Golden Age Home being pampered by members of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston.

Arguably, Valentine's Day is one of the most popular holidays, inspiring a flurry of card and gift giving, mostly to those we love romantically, as well as those in platonic relationships and among families.

However, in most cases, these exchanges unfortunately do not include needy persons residing communally in institutions.

Last Sunday, February 14, members of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston sought to neutralise the status quo when they pampered residents of Cluster C of the Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town, St Andrew.

The focus was on grooming, pedicures and haircare, barbering services from Tajam's Total Beauty Care, followed by light refreshment and complemented by decorating, making greeting cards, and reading to the residents by the K-Kids from Cherubs, Liberty and Ardenne early-childhood centres.

Audrey Brown, president of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston, was on hand to present each resident with red roses and individually framed photos.

The purpose of getting the K-Kids (ages five to eight years old) involved in the project was to teach them the various parameters of love, caring for the less fortunate and being creative in providing these unique gifts, and most importantly, the lessons learnt from giving to persons who cannot return the favour.

This celebration was indeed more than just the traditional holiday frenzy.