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Hello Mi Neighbour | Rewards of giving

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM
The homeless need help. It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Hello, mi neighbour! To live for the benefit of 'me, myself and I' only is not to truly live. Such an attitude derails life's purpose and robs oneself of rich blessings. Yes, self-denial which redounds to the well-being of another is one of the keys to true happiness. This assertion finding favour with the reader is of less concern than the writer's intention to win more people for the winning team: persons who have come to recognise that we are our brother's keeper - making room for others.




Still etched in my mind was this pleasurable self-denial moment I had some time ago. Shortly after driving onto the compound that morning, a homeless gentleman who apparently had not eaten in days approached me with a 'bass-mi-hungry' greeting. His cry for help touched my heart. With no money to offer him for the usual 'cuppa tea' (that's what they normally say), I offered him my breakfast which I had taken with me. In a jiffy, it was 'waxed off'. Our subsequent conversation bore much fruit: with the help of other neighbours, he started a little business. One thing leading to another, he got a job, settled in a home, and now helping homeless people. True story. The memory of that moment of self-denial still produces goose pimples.

And let me ask all those neighbours involved with sacrificial or self-denial giving, isn't it "more blessed to give than to receive"?

That said, I hereby encourage all of us to start looking out for one another, working for the survival/comfort of all. There are many persons among us who are 'sucking salt from a wooden spoon' - to interject Jamaican expression here. Some have no food to eat, no clothes to wear, no shelter over their heads. Others living under less acute circumstances have no bed, no stove, no chairs. Still there are others who have no running water or electricity.

Under circumstances like these are children who must attend school and the elderly to care for. And don't we all know what that takes? Special blessings are pronounced on all who respond to pleas for relief through this column on behalf of many of needy neighbours.

Commendations to all those organisations and groupings (too numerous to mention here) geared towards helping with the social needs of those with lesser fortunes. Food For The Poor, which started operation in Jamaica in 1982 with a goal to improve the health, economic, social and spiritual conditions of the men, women and children we serve, through various programmes, is among these people-oriented organisations.

Despite all the efforts of the Government coupled with these organisations, the basic needs of many are still not being satisfied. Whose fault? Our fault. Imagine a day in Jamaica when we all deny ourselves a little something for someone else! 'Joy unspeakable!'




1. AnnMarie, St Andrew, for donation

2. Neighbour for offering children's clothing

3. Steve, St Andrew, for kind deeds

4. Everybody's Pharmacy once again for deeds of kindness

5. Novie, St Andrew, for deeds of kindness to the elderly.




1. Shavon: Asking neighbours for a stove and a mattress.

2. Donna, Clarendon 15-year cancer survivor: Wheel-chair bound. Suffers from diabetes and hospitalised. Asking neighbours to assist with cost to do a CT scan.

3. Miss Ling, St Mary: Asking for a stove which she cannot afford to purchase but which she so badly needs.

4. Lucille, Clarendon: Unemployed for past eight years. Struggling to send children to school and put food on the table. Asking for a sewing machine and material to make curtains.

5. Beverly, Westmoreland: Husband needs a wheelchair.

6. Sandra, St James: Sewing machine got destroyed by fire. Cannot afford to replace it and is asking for neighbour's assistance with another one.

7. Andrea, St James: Mother of three asking for a sewing machine.

8. Angella, Clarendon: Asking for clothing for one-year-old boy and three-year-old girl

9. Sister Dell, St Andrew: Asking for a bed.

- To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to HELLO NEIGHBOUR c/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; Paypal/credit card: email: Or contact e-mail