Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer
TURKEY, HAM, sorrel, and cake are not always on the Christmas menu in many inner-city communities.
Molly Grant, a member of the Jamaica Evangelic Association, was moved by this reality and decided to partner with CB Chicken to take Christmas cheer to the ghetto.
More than 100 persons turned out at the Denham Town Early Childhood Centre in west Kingston for a Christmas treat that was held yesterday.
"For some of these children, the only Christmas dinner they know is chicken foot and white rice," Grant told The Gleaner.
"Some of them don't know about Christmas dinner. I interviewed a 16-year-old, and she was begging us to take her home just to let her know what Christmas is like," Grant added.
brightening the season
Although Christmas came more than a week early for the Denham Town residents, those who attended yesterday's treat got a taste of the flavours of the season. They were fed chicken, curried goat, ham, and fish, while at the same time given the opportunity to frolic on bounceabouts and be entertained by clowns.
"It's really a pleasure for us to help in making the season a bit brighter for them and ensuring that they have something to eat," Grant told The Gleaner.
Kimberly Mullings, brand manager for CB Chicken, a main sponsor and host of the event, said she found it a pleasure to give to the less fortunate.
"I've had the opportunity to visit a few inner-city communities just to see the devastation and some of the hardships that are on some of the faces, and if this is what we can do to help them to have a feel of what Christmas is like, then we will do what we can," she said.
Mullings added: "It really broke my heart to realise that kids don't know the meaning of Christmas. Christmas is about giving and sharing, and we just want to be able to put a smile on their faces and to give them hope," she said.
A Denham Town resident who goes by the name Prophet David said the Christmas treat was a nice gesture.
"It is something that my daughter loves, and I'm really glad for what these people are doing for the kids in the community," he told The Gleaner.