Mustard Seed Communities will continue its 17-year tradition of delivering meals and toys to inner-city children and golden-agers on Christmas Day. This year, the treat will again benefit 5,000 residents in Seivwright Gardens, Trench Town and Rema.
In 1995, Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon, founder and executive director of Mustard Seed Communities, initiated the inner-city Christmas outreach project which has now become a tradition. Several local companies, agencies and private individuals continue to assist the programme by donating food items and toys in the spirit of Christ-like giving and sharing in the true spirit of Christmas.
This year there will be two convoys. The main one will depart Mustard Seed Communities at Mahoe Drive in Seivwright Gardens at 8:30 a.m., and will travel to Hagley Park Road, Heroes Circle, Fletchers Land, Parade Gardens, St William Grant Park, Trench Town and Rema. The second, smaller convoy will leave at the same time to journey to Olympic Gardens and Riverton City.
The trucks and buses will be led by Monsignor Ramkissoon and The Eagle Drum & Bugle Corp. The horn and drum sections add an air of pomp, pageantry and excitement to the occasion.
Some 200 staff, local and foreign volunteers will assist with the preparation and delivery of meals. The Jamaica Defence Force, which has participated in the project since its inception, will once again assist in the preparation of 2,500 meals and, along with the JCF, will maintain order along the route.