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A life dedicated to helping others

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Loretta Campbell (left) with sons Auther (centre) and Lindford.

For 42 years Loretta Campbell has devoted her life to feeding homeless people in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

A member of the Phillippo Baptist Church, Campbell told Rural Xpress that she has been doing this on her own out of a deep desire to help people who are less fortunate than herself.

Rural Xpress caught up with Campbell and her two sons Auther and Lindford Campbell at the corner of Adelaide and Young streets in Spanish Town on the second day of a two-day mission distributing more than 120 boxes of warm meals and cold drinks to the homeless.

"I have been doing this for 42 years and I am getting old. I was thinking of throwing in the towel but on Christmas morning while I was praying, the Holy Spirit prompted me to remember the homeless," she said.

Campbell stated that she got up from praying and immediately went and acquired the food to ensure that 120 persons' day would be a lot better.

"You see, I am motivated by an inner spirit. Doing this outreach brings a lot of joy and happiness to me," she said, adding that she provides the food with the help of her two sons who have come to believe in the cause.

Her older son, Lindford who provided the transportation to get the food to the homeless said it is a display of love and it brings him joy to know that he will be helping to prevent some people from going to sleep hungry.

"This is a remarkable display of love and patriotism guided by the spirit of God. These persons are often forgotten by the society," he told Rural Xpress.

Oral Stewart, who has been homeless for the past four months said Campbell is a true woman of God.

"What she is doing for us is a Godly thing; we were not sure where our next meal would come from. She is sent by God," he proclaimed.