Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann:IN THE true spirit of Christmas, the Jamaica Public Service's (JPS) St Ann's Bay branch, treated approximately 200 children from Miracle Tabernacle Basic and St Ann's Bay Infant schools to a fun day in its car park on Wednesday.
The children enjoyed ice cream, cake, gift bags, toys and the fun of the bounceabout and seemed happy to be away from the classroom for a change. The JPS linemen even put on a show for them.
"It's just JPS giving back to the community," said JPS St Ann Parish Manager Marvin Campbell, decked in his Santa Claus hat as he played gift giver for the kids. He said the JPS is now trying to partner with the community
"We're working with community organisations, we're now re-engaging persons out there to see how we can assist with the community, how we can become a part of the community on a whole. JPS is changing and we're changing for the better, and we're starting to change by changing ourselves," said Campbell.
For the rest of the holiday season, JPS will be supporting other organisations in their support of community activities, according to the parish manager.
Meanwhile, mayor of St Ann's Bay, Councillor Desmond Gilmore, and councillor of the St Ann's Bay division, Dallas Dickenson, lauded the light and power company for the move.
According to Mayor Gilmore: "I'm basically here endorsing what the JPS is doing today. It was all their idea; they planned it. I got an invite and I'm here in support of it because so very often we hear from the JPS, but so many times we hear the negative part of it, that they are just there just to collect money or disconnect your light. I think today they are here to connect to the community and I think it's very commendable."
Councillor Dickenson described the gesture as great.
"I see it as a great gesture and I'm very heartened by this. JPS must be commended and applauded for this," Dickenson said.
JPS lineman Christopher Ferguson demonstrated the use of the bucket lift for the children, then engaged them in friendly chatter before they were served refreshment.