Police youth club gives Hannah Town a treat

Published: Monday | December 23, 2013 Comments 0
Eighty-one-year-old Naomi Roberts bites into a piece of chicken at the Hannah Town Police Youth Club's 13th annual Christmas treat at the Hannah Town Community Centre in Kingston on Saturday. - Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer
Eighty-one-year-old Naomi Roberts bites into a piece of chicken at the Hannah Town Police Youth Club's 13th annual Christmas treat at the Hannah Town Community Centre in Kingston on Saturday. - Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer
A boy from the Hannah Town community enjoys a patty while at the Hannah Town Police Youth Club's annual Christmas treat.
A boy from the Hannah Town community enjoys a patty while at the Hannah Town Police Youth Club's annual Christmas treat.

Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer

The Hannah Town Police Youth Club lifted the hearts of more than 150 residents during its 13th annual Christmas treat on Saturday at the Hannah Town Community Centre.

Despite the violence happening around the community, the police youth club dedicated a day that the residents could all come together and have fun. The residents appeared to be more than happy to take part and both children and the elderly got a chance to mingle.

There were moments when the elderly were having discussions with the youngsters and dancing to different Christmas carols.

Watching the residents together made District Constable Fay 'Babsy' Francis-Campbell, who holds responsibility for the youth club, filled with tears of joy.

"The youth club is 18 years old and, regardless of the violence in the community, I am just so happy we are able to do this," Francis-Campbell said with a smile.

Happy to be here

"We are just happy to be here and still doing our best, trust me."

She shared that even though the Hannah Town Police Station was burned down in 2010, shortly before the security forces stormed Tivoli Gardens in a bid to capture Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, it was the duty of the police there to show they still care.

Francis-Campbell was also elated for the support she got from the sponsors.

"I would like to thank Supreme Ventures, Roman's Funeral Home, Brathwaite Funeral Home, the police credit union, just to list a few, and everyone else who made this a success for these kids," she said.

andrew.harris@gleanerjm.com

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