Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer
The oftentimes troubled community of Nannyville Gardens in South East St Andrew was in a celebratory mood last Saturday as young residents feted the elders.
The ongoing gang feud in the community, which has claimed several lives since the start of this year, was forgotten, as the Nannyville Youth Uprising Action Club staged the community's first senior citizen dinner and treat at the Sir Howard Cooke Development Centre.
An elegant decor greeted the senior citizens as they were seated by the members of the youth club.
The smiles on the faces of the elderly expressed plainly their appreciation and satisfaction.
According to the youth club members, the treat was to show the elderly residents that they are appreciated by the community.
For one senior citizen, Lola McClarence, this was a wonderful initiative.
"I feel really good, and trust me, these young people make you feel so appreciated," said McClarence.
"I am glad about this dinner; it brought a lot of us together and we saw people who we haven't seen in awhile, though we live in the same community," she added.
Public relation officer of the club, Yanique Tracey, said the senior citizens treat is one of the many initiatives being undertaken by the club to show that the youths are ready to take back their community from the criminals.
"Well, we are happy that we are able to come together and put on something like this," said Tracey.
According to Tracey, the young people are determined to show that the community remains together.
This, despite the violent flare-ups which have forced residents to be wary of crossing invisible but deadly border lines which spilt the small community into areas dubbed 'Angola', 'Texas' and 'Shanti'.
Tracey expressed her gratitude to the sponsors and everyone who volunteered to make the dinner and teat happen.
"We just have to thank everyone who came out and made this a success - the members of the club, Mr Andrew Swaby, our counsellor; Carlene, who did the decoration; and all the other talented persons who gave of themselves."