Several persons had to wait on the outside as the grounds of Gordon House were unable to accommodate the more than 100 individuals who turned out for the Houses of Parliament Annual Christmas Treat yesterday.
The elderly participants, who were treated with gift packages, medical check-ups and food, among other goodies, were more than grateful for the treat.
Sixty-year-old Jean Harrison told The Gleaner her circumstances had been very dismal ahead of the treat.
"Tings did very low, so mi really happy. This (treat) go a far way and I am really grateful. At least, I can smile for the Christmas," she said.
Spirit of joy
Monica Robinson, committee coordinator for the Houses of Parliament, stressed that it was important to ensure that the spirit of Christmas is maintained throughout the season.
"It's not about material things, but we have to try and create that spirit of joy and laughter where persons can enjoy themselves. Despite the many challenges, we won't be daunted," she said.
Michael Wallace, a representative from the Diabetes Association of Jamaica, who conducted medical checks, used the opportunity to warn the senior citizens to take their health seriously.
"I am seeing some very high readings here today (blood pressure) and I am very concerned," he said.
"I wouldn't be surprised if one of you collapse in here today because what I am seeing here is very serious. It doesn't hurt to walk with your tablets and medication, be disciplined and take your health seriously," he said.