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SAJ spreads Christmas joy

Published:Thursday | December 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Members of the SAJ, along with teachers and students at the Marcus Garvey Basic School, pose for a picture after the Christmas treat.
Elderly residents of the Greenwich Farm community singing their favourite Christmas carols at a treat hosted by the Shipping Association of Jamaica.
Supervisor at the SAJ’s Canine Division, Garvin Duffus hands over a gift bag to a resident of the Greenwich Farm community.
Human Resource and Benefits Administrator Debbie Ann Dobson Bailey plays Santa as she hands over a gift to a student at the Marcus Garvey Basic School.
Accounting Officer Camille Spence presents a gift bag to a smiling resident of Greenwich Farm.
Accounting Officer Camille Spence gets the children warmed up before their Christmas treat.
Students of the Marcus Garvey Basic School enjoying their meal, courtesy of the Shipping Association of Jamaica.

The Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) hosted its annual Christmas treat for the elderly in Greenwich Farm recently. One hundred elderly residents of the community received gift bags filled with grocery items. Before the handing over of the gift bags, which took place at the Holy Name of Jesus Church in the community, they were engaged by SAJ staff members in the singing of their favourite Christmas carols.

The SAJ also treated the students of Marcus Garvey Basic School with a party and gifts. The early childhood institution, which is located in Greenwich Farm, is the SAJ’s adopted school.

In addition to the yearly Christmas treat, they receive funding for teachers’ salary, a student feeding programme, and infrastructural development. 

The Greenwich Farm community has been a major part of the SAJ outreach initiatives.