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Fulfilling your purpose by helping others

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM


Hi neighbour! If you are reading this column for the first time, you will notice that it's not about entertainment but investment - in the lives of others. Persons are reminded here of their neighbourly duty to care for and share with one another on a daily basis.

Opportunities are also provided for them to carry out this important duty. You will meet real people like you and me who have come to recognise that no man is an island and that our purposes are best served by serving others. By loving their neighbours as themselves, they have made the paradigm shift from self centredness to selflessness. It is not a big deal for these persons to donate a brand-new bed, mattress, stove or clothing and cash to someone in need, without expecting anything in return. As my friend R. Scott, a giver of no mean order, would tell you, true givers are fully satisfied when their neighbours are truly satisfied.

On a weekly basis, we publish the needs of some of our neighbours and invite others to assist them. As positive responses roll in from readers at home and abroad, it is clear to us that the spirit of generosity is thriving. With so many generous people around the seemingly dark clouds which may be hanging over our economy, will not prevent our 'sun' from shining!

Generosity

People who are generous know that generosity increases their resources and expands their capacity to give. They, therefore, take great pleasure in sharing their substance with others.

"It is pointless to hoard stuff which could be of immediate benefit to a neighbour", they will tell you! After all, we'll all have to leave everything behind when we go to meet our Maker. Hope you are getting my point.

I recently listened to our governor general, prime minister, and the leader of Opposition address the nation in their Christmas messages. No glimmer of anxiety or hopelessness was detected in these messages. They encouraged Jamaicans to band together and sweat for a better Jamaica where we can all live as one happy family. Even though there may be tough times ahead, with faith in God and our individual resilience, we can experience true prosperity.

What is going to be very important in this season is kindness at the personal and communal levels. Growing up in rural Jamaica in the early days, I remember how families used to cook and send dinner, breakfast and lunch for those in the community who had none. Many of us can identify with having to take containers of food to Miss Mamma, Uncle Son, Maas Papa, etc. as children. No one in our community went to bed hungry because somebody always had enough to share and was willing to do so.

Have a great neighbourday!

Opportunities to help neighbours

1. Ms Isaacs in St Catherine is kindly asking for a gas stove for Mr Wilson who is suffering from an eye condition and not able to withstand the smoke from the wood fire.

2. Ms Francis in Clarendon has a nine-year-old daughter with special needs. Asking neighbours for clothing for her and assistance in rearing chickens to support herself financially.

3. Mr Barnett in St Andrew is a blind teacher who lost everything to fire. He is asking neighbours for help with furniture and a computer to assist him in teaching Spanish.

4. Mr Haughton in St Andrew needs a job as caretaker. He is appealing to neighbours for help.

5. Iona in St Andrew is asking neighbours for a serger in order to make baby clothing for a living.

6. Sherrel in Kingston is unemployed and would like to bake to earn an income. She is asking neighbours for an oven to create a livelihood for herself and family.

7. Mariotta in St Catherine is asking neighbours to provide two school bags for her children. She is unable to afford these items.

8. Maureen in St Catherine is a single mother of two girls. She needs help to establish a small poultry farm so that she can keep her daughters in school.

To help, please call 906-3167, 884-3866 or 373-7745 or send email to: neighbourtoo@yahoo.com and we will make the link up.Those who desire to make financial donations to this project may make deposits to Acct # 351 044 276 at the National Commercial Bank. Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX.