Sun | Nov 18, 2018

Hello Mi Neighbour | Giving a little goes a far way

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Hello mi neighbour! You should have seen the broad smile on SJ's face as I handed him the bag of groceries a few days ago! Audrey & Sister Harvey, your generosity has been working wonders for dozens of unfortunate neighbours. "Trus' mi". May your coffers never go empty as you continuously empty your pockets for the benefit of the hungry among us.

SJ is unemployed with a family to feed. Making ends meet is quite a stretch for him. The assistance he receives from neighbours is always highly appreciated. In trying to show appreciation for the bag of groceries, he gave me a few of the limes (the only item) he had brought to sell in the community. Even though we are not into reciprocity, I took the limes because it could help with his sense of being. Our giving is fake, if we give just to receive something in return. Still, those who give always attract blessings. Beggars will remain beggars until they learn to give.

Bro M who is bedridden as a result of an accident, will also be very happy for his package of cornmeal, oats, milk and other goodies. Since his motor vehicle accident, life for him has been very trying and tiring but he is keeping the faith. He believes that he'll be "in a position to help someone someday - so please continue to pray for me." For sure, and let's also pray for the other neighbours who are in dire straits. By the way, Tamara, one of our frequent recipients, has ended her earthly sojourn - it was a battle well fought.

The journey of life is a funny one. It therefore behooves us to live an open life: be ready to offer or accept assistance from any and everyone at anytime. If you look at what happens whenever a disaster strikes you'll see my point. Instinctively, people jump into action at these scenes to render assistance to the hurting - stranger or no stranger. And yes, there is the minority who may take advantage of the vulnerable but "their day comes"... not that I'm wishing it.

My neighbours, even as we try to control global chaos and madness, our world has been rapidly changing for the worse. One of our best bets is to inculcate the spirit of neighbourliness on which we will need to rely heavily. From time to time we maybe asked to offer a "temporary cotch" to someone who suddenly becomes homeless and vice versa. And this is applicable to all humanity. Remember, in today's world, anyone can be rotten rich today and penniless tomorrow.

Bearing the foregoing in mind, let's make some adjustments to our social and spiritual modus operandi. Whenever you go to the shop or supermarket, pick up an extra item and say, "this is for the unfortunate". On pay day, put a little something in an envelope and label it "poor money". No need to worry about how you will dispense with these gifts, you will run into some needy person as orchestrated by the Almighty. If you haven't come across anyone within seven days, please use contact information below and we would be happy to facilitate the process.

Until next time, stay smart.


Thanks to donors


- Audrey, USA, for food, clothing and other goodies

- Dennis Shipping, Kingston for act of neighbourliness

- Mrs McCalla, St Andrew, for double bed mattress

- Sister Harvey, USA, for food, clothing and other goodies

- Annmarie, St Andrew, for act of kindness


Opportunities to help


1. Winsome, St Andrew, husband got a stroke and badly in need of a wheel chair

2. Pastor Rose, St Mary, asking for food kind and utensils to help provide food for the hungry in the community

3. Yvonne, St James, asking for a sewing machine

4. Neighbour, St Mary, disabled and in need of a mattress and a stove

5. Kadian, single mother, asking for a bed, stove and a refrigerator

To help, please call Silton Townsend @ 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

- Mr Townsend exclusively manages the collections and distributions mentioned in this column and is neither an employee nor agent of The Gleaner