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How about merging families for betterment?

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! In this climate of merges and acquisitions, this may be stretching it a bit but, wouldn’t it be a good idea to merge some families for the betterment of all? Any volunteers? What do you think?

Whenever someone pitched in to help resolve a problem which another person was grappling with in days gone by, you would hear the expression, “two heads better than one”. Well, life has taught us that two heads are certainly better than one. In this 21st century we are forced to recognise that the real issues of life are best handled by a spirit of cooperation rather than individualism. Be it in the community, the family or the organisation, etc. this principle works, especially when times are tough.


Whenever entities merge they reduce the average cost of manufacturing. They receive huge discounts through their ability to purchase in large quantities. The larger company gets a better rate of interest on funds and finances. The merged company has a single head office which results in improved organisational efficiency. They are also better able to face international competition, thus resulting in improved quality of products for the consumer and greater profit for the new company.

But here is my point; do we want a better quality of life for all? Let’s take a page out of the book of the mergers. For a long time I’ve advocated love for neighbour as self, which must find expression in sharing resources with one another, thus making the burden of the other lighter. This column has been very instrumental in facilitating such expressions. As we speak, several persons are now sleeping comfortably in a bed somewhere because someone read of their plight in this column and decided to help them.


So what am I saying? As times get tougher for the individual and the family, I am suggesting that families begin to think of merging resources – with limited obligations, of course. Is this a viable proposition? “All things are possible to those who believe”.

Opportunities to help:

- Christina, asking for clothing for newly born, a three-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy;

- Neighbour, fighting for survival. Asking for a sewing; machine to help with the fight

- Rose, St Andrew, unemployed mother of five who go to bed without food many nights, reaching out for help. Also needs clothing for nine and 11year-old girls;

- Neighbour, wife walked out with every piece of furniture, leaving him on the floor. Asking neighbours for a bed. Sickly and can hardly manage;

- Chalcia, St Ann, asking for a stove and refrigerator to bake and prepare juices as income generator. Also clothing for boys seven and 13 and girl nine,

- Karene, needs to do biopsy at a cost of $35,000, has half of the amount. Asking neighbours for help with the rest;

- Neighbour, unemployed mother of two, asking for a sewing machine and a television;

- Gloria, St James, asking for a sewing machine to make a living. Sheryl, St Catherine, unemployed mother of two asking for food.

- Thanks for helping: Clover, St Catherine, giving baby clothing

- Sonia, St James, giving single bed

- Kandice, St Andrew, giving clothing for babies, children and adults

- Sonia, St James, giving single bed.

- To help, please call Silton Townsend at 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412, deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour c/o 53 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10 E-mail