Vox Pop: Sharing the Christmas Story
This Christmas, while for many it will be the happiest time of the year, the reality is that for the less fortunate, they will be experiencing the blues. Unless, of course, others take time out to make them their focus; and for three of Clarendon's councillors, that's exactly what they will be doing.
Carlene Benjamin - Councillor, Palmer's Cross Division
I am not into the Christmas emphasis; I assist right throughout the year. However, I appreciate the season and I know a lot of persons look forward to the 'extra', including the shut-ins and less fortunate. Hence, God's willing, I will be making a special effort to focus on the elderly and less fortunate in reaching out to them.
Collin Henry, Councillor, Thompson Town Division
I will be focusing on the Victoria area of Thompson Town. On Christmas Eve, I will be partnering with the farmer's group to have a cook-out in the area to feed all the less fortunate who can't afford a Christmas meal. We want them to feel a part of the festivities. I won't be catering to the less-fortunate only, as a children's treat is being planned too.
Winston Maragh - Mayor of May Pen
My family and I have already started our outreach for the Christmas, as my wife and daughter are busy cooking and feeding the less fortunate. This Christmas I will be going out with my team and transporting the street people into taxis. They will be transported to the drop-in-centre, given a bath and also have the opportunity to get some rest if they need to.