Lluidas Vale senior citizens, indigent fêted
Karen Sudu, Gleaner Writer
LLUIDAS VALE, St Catherine:
CHRISTMAS CHEER was shared with 200 senior citizens and the indigent in Lluidas Vale, St Catherine, last Saturday.
They gathered at the Anglican Church in the community, from as early as seven in the morning, to collect their grocery packages.
Walter Eastwood, organiser, said the gesture was the Toronto Chapter of the Lluidas Vale Rehabilitation Foundation's way of bringing joy to the less fortunate, during the Yuletide season.
"It is the sons and daughters of Lluidas Vale really who live in Toronto; they want to give back to the community … to the less fortunate at this time of the year, so they sent money and we bought food-stuff and packaged them with our team of volunteers and we invited the people over," said Eastwood.
He said he and his team of 12 volunteers were always happy to assist in organising the treat, first held seven years ago.
"Members kept coming back to the community and they saw the status of what was happening and they wanted to give back something, other than just helping to repair the school or any other project like that and so Timothy Escoffrey, president of the foundation, came up with the idea to treat the seniors," Eastwood explained.
The nation builders were grateful for the treat.
Seventy-one-year-old retired teacher, Luna May Hall, is one of the beneficiaries.
"God so merciful, I am thankful that I can get something for Christmas," she said, as she received her package from Eastwood.
Kenneth Mills, another elderly, was equally grateful.
Likewise, though not quite a senior, Lloyd Lewis, was also appreciative.
"Well, this package at Christmas is good for me and the kids and rest of family. It is good that someone remembers us and reaching out to us at this time," he smiled, as he held his package close to his chest.