Christopher Serju, Gleaner Writer
PORTMORE, St Catherine:SENIOR CITIZENS in South East St Catherine enjoyed an early Christmas treat recently when Member of Parliament (MP) Colin Fagan hosted the annual treat for residents of the five division, at the HEART/NTA Portmore Academy. More than 200 persons were treated to meals, ice cream, and entertainment by the MP and other political representatives from the People's National Party (PNP).
Fagan, who is also state minister for local government, used the occasion to remind his audience to observe the true meaning of Christmas, celebrating the birth of Christ. He welcomed the opportunity to interact with the senior citizens and encouraged them to continue to give of their time and experience in helping to influence the younger generation.
Peacemakers Mento Band started out slow before picking up the pace upon Fagan taking the microphone. Residents were soon singing and rocking to Christmas carols and Jamaican folk songs.
A CHANCE TO SOCIALIZE
For many of them, it was an opportunity to also interact with long-time friends, and make friends. MP Fagan promised that the treat would be extended to shut-ins for whom care packages would be provided and some special needs addressed. He told The Gleaner that this event was just one of several interventions hosted by his office, with support from the councilors and other People's National Party affiliates, especially the women's group.
Notwithstanding the harsh economic climate, Fagan cited the importance of reaching out to some of the more vulnerable groups in the society, especially at this time of year.