Good Samaritans move to help - Readers pledge support for suffering family
Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Writer
A job offer, food, clothes as well as possible assistance to repair sections of their burnt-out house, have been the response to Pauline Madgalene Grant and her daughter Debbie-Ann since the exposé on their plight by The Sunday Gleaner.
The two women have been spending their days in the burnt-out Washington Gardens, St Andrew house since 2010, and spend the nights sleeping on the floor of a church.
Following the report published in last Sunday's Gleaner, readers - here and abroad - have pledged their assistance.
"I would like to offer her a job ... but I would like to first talk with her to see if she has suitable clothes to wear," one female caller told The Sunday Gleaner.
A church group offered help in kind, while another female who identified herself as 'Grandma' pledged some clothing and a sheet set.
"I sat here reading the story and I just cried. The tears just ran down my cheeks. Sometimes we don't understand, but people have a lot going through and we just don't know," said Grandma.
Another caller asked for specific details as to the structure of the building and its ability to accommodate proper roofing, should that help be provided.
Food For The Poor, the non-profit relief organisation, has also made enquiries as to what assistance is needed by the family.
Another female caller to our newsroom said she was encouraged by the determination of the two to help themselves.
"I am really touched by the story, especially as she is not sitting and waiting for handouts, but is willing to help herself by making the bags," said the caller who indicated a willingness to purchase some of the bags made by Grant.
"What I have are the samples, so the individuals would come and look at what I have and then I make the orders, because I have different styles and types," explained Grant who added that she wants to produce the bags on a large scale.
"I really would like to say thanks to those who have called to offer help, even though I haven't talked to all of them as yet," added Grant.
She said she would be meeting shortly with a woman who has offered her a job.
The trials and tribulations of the family started years ago, but it has been all downhill since November 2010 when fire destroyed their house.
Physically and verbally abused by her now ex-husband, jobless, burnt out, robbed and forced to sleep on the floor of a church, Grant appeared forsaken until neighbours in Washington Gardens learnt of her plight and moved to assist her.
While glad for the assistance the former assistant librarian, arts and craft teacher, and mother of three told The Sunday Gleaner that she just wants a roof over her head and a job.
Now, thanks to good Samaritans her prayers have, been heard.