Help a neighbour, any neighbour
Maas Gussie, Contributor
HELLO MI neighbour! As the demand for help through this column continues to grow, we ask you to come on board as part of the answer.
Straight up, is there anything that you can do to help a neighbour in crisis? Not only those who appear in this column necessarily. It could be someone that you are aware of - don't hesitate.
Many might not appreciate this, but people have a right to get help and we have a right to help them. This point is underscored by the command to "love thy neighbour as thyself". Neighbours who text, call, e-mail, and write to us through the Jamaica Post, do so because they have genuine needs and are seeking help from others.
Many of these persons are plain victims of circumstances. Others are a result of foolhardiness or recklessness. Still others just don't know how to plan their lives. Whatever the cause of their present predicament, they should not be left to paddle on their own. The world is full of people who make mistakes every single day - no one is immune to mistakes. All have sinned and come short of the glory. Doesn't the "rain fall on the just and the unjust"?
Here's something to think about: the only reason why many neighbours can go to the supermarket to make purchases on a regular basis is that they still have a little job. Those without jobs are really feeling the pinch - we get those calls every day.
Our happiest moment is not when someone gives us a gift, but when someone calls to assist a needy neighbour. Recently, we got the good news that a neighbour's husband who is a stroke victim will be getting a brand-new bed from Mr Fong and his friends. This victim currently sleeps on a piece of worn-out sponge. When this good news was shared with the neighbour, her outburst was: "Thank you Jesus!" Clearly, she had been praying for a bed.
As we speak, hundreds of persons are on their knees praying that someone will help them with money for medication, food for the children, a mattress to sleep on, a few sheets of zinc to keep out the rain and a stove to prepare a warm meal for the children etc, which of these prayers will you allow God to answer through you?
Opportunities to help
- Paulette, St Andrew, unemployed mother of four trying to make ends meet - asking neighbours for pots to start a little cookshop ... freezer also.
- Shelly - needs a dining table for family.
- Neighbour has kidney problems and unable to hold a job - needs sewing machine and fabric to help self in the interim.
- University student reaching out for help - prevented from sitting exams - outstanding fees.
- Jean with disability - needs a serger to assist with income generation.
- Paulette, Clarendon - needs pots and bed linen.
- Samantha, unemployed mother of three -
needs a bed for them.
- Joan - needs a sewing machine and a chest of drawers - trying to recover from some hard knocks.
- Neighbour, St Catherine, asking neighbour for a bed and a TV - trying to improve quality of her family's life.
- Angie, St Catherine, severe back problems - asking neighbours for a second-hand mattress.
- Neighbour - nine-year-old daughter has serious medical condition and in need of diapers.
- Neighbour, unemployed - in need of a mattress and a television for family.
To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour, c/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for helping
1. Ms Ellis, Montego Bay, for offering a mattress to a neighbour.
2. Neighbour, St Catherine, for offering shirts.
3. Neighbour, for offering a crib to a needy neighbour.
4. Dwight, St Andrew, for acts of neighbourliness.
5. Webster Memorial United Church for acts of neighbourliness.
6. Neighbour for offering female clothing.
7. Ms Calder, St Andrew, for offering curtains to Carla, St Catherine.
8. Everybody's Pharmacy, for acts of neighbourliness.
9. W & S Printing Services for donation of services.
10. Baron Grey for expression of generosity to needy neighbours.