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Golden ager moved by charity's outreach programme

Published:Wednesday | April 6, 2016 | 4:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin
Morris McIntyre (right), a member of the Love and Hope Ministries Humanitarian Support Group, prays with golden age resident Donald Hacker at the Golden Age Home in Kingston on Saturday.

A visit by the Love and Hope Ministries to the Golden Age home in Kingston will stand out in Donald Hacker's mind for a long time.

The 68-year-old was among scores of golden age residents who received Easter packages last Saturday.

Hacker told The Gleaner that he was extremely grateful for the visit as he shared his story, highlighting how cancer almost snatched his life away four years ago.

"I wasn't supposed to be here because I was diagnosed with bladder and prostate cancer in 2011 and doctors didn't know I would be alive today. I remember one day in particular, I was in operation for over five hours, the doctors said to me, if you want to live we are going to have to take your bladder out, so mi neva have no other choice because I wanted to live," he said.

Hacker added: "My wife and I had some struggles so we broke up after a while. There was somebody else, but things neva work out with her either so I basically have nobody. I am really grateful for these people today because sometimes you feel a likkle way when you realise you don't have a little place to call home.

"Today I feel loved, I feel like I am somebody, and I thank God that there are people out there who make it part of their duty to make other persons feel special. We got juice, bun and cheese, a nice way to end the Easter," Hacker said.

 

THE NEED TO HELP

 

It was a joyous moment also for founder and president of the Love and Hope Ministries, Mable Wood, who urged every individual to find a way to give back to the less fortunate.

"We are here to give persons hope. We want persons to feel loved because it is not always easy being in an environment that is outside of your home. Some of them have no family, some of them when you listen, you hear the sadness because they just feel sorry for themselves," she said.

"We want to offer hope and spread the news of Jesus Christ. We wish we could cater to everybody, but today we catered to about 190 persons. I want to use this platform to encourage other persons not to be selfish. See the need to help each other rise. Whatever we can do to make somebody comfortable we should do it," Wood charged.

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