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Thanks for a valued gift

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Anthony Jack and Kenisha Wilson, students from the Amy Bailey Training Centre, assist in the serving of soup to the elderly at the church hall of St Luke's Anglican last Friday. The monthly outreach programme is conducted in collaboration with the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League. The Cross Roads, St Andrew, church is celebrating its 135th anniversary. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer

Hi neighbour! When a Clarendon woman named Miss Burrell wrote to us earlier this month to say thanks for the well-needed gift she received, I got goosebumps!

In the letter, she said, "Please, say special thanks to Mr Finlayson for giving me a living room suite. He was very helpful in organising for someone to bring them to my home.

"I prayed and asked God for a settee and he really came through for me. May God's richest blessings be yours as you continue to touch lives in such a special way."

Her attitude of gratitude was not the source of these goosebumps that I still feel as I write. It was the act of neighbourliness on the part of Mr Finlayson, backed by God's intervention.

Miss Burrell said she truly desired a settee for her family but could not purchase one because of financial constraints. One day, she decided to do two things. She prayed and wrote to our offices (faith without works is dead). We went public with her request because, again, you never know which of the good Samaritans may be reading or listening.

The case caught the attention of Mr Finlayson from St Andrew. He called to offer the settee to his Clarendon neighbour, who welcomed the offer but lacked the wherewithal to take it up. She could not pay the transportation cost from St Andrew to Clarendon.

Mr Finlayson, who believes in going the full distance in helping a neighbour, went the extra mile. Because he enjoys contributing to the comfort of others, it was quite simple for him to arrange for the item to be delivered to Miss Burrell, at no cost to her. Thanks, Mr Finlayson.

By no means am I saying that one's motivation to assist a neighbour should be the possibility of being rewarded with a few goosebumps. A simple request for help should move us to action. And let me reiterate here that we have a very low tolerance for laziness.

We believe that those who seek help through this column must first exert themselves at finding solutions to their problems ... . In addition, they must be offering assistance to others in whatever way possible. Those who make up stories to win the sympathies and favour of neighbours should stop this practice. It will work against them in the long run.

What's giving you goosebumps today? Is it anger, fear, stress, sexual arousal, coldness or withdrawal?

Hello Mi Neighbour provides some wonderful goosebump opportunities below. As you reach out to assist a neighbour who is reaching out for help, not only will you experience butterflies, your capacity to give will be expanded and your storehouse of benefits will never run dry! This is what we call blessings.

Thanks to these neighbours

1. Thanks, Karlene (Manchester), for making financial donations to neighbours in need.

2. Dorothy (St Thomas), for adult and children's clothing.

3. Ms Bodley (St Ann), for a new queen-size bed.

4. Mr Fong (Kingston), for helping Latoya with a bed base.

5. Sharon (St Thomas), for offering clothing to any neighbour in need.

6. Cynthia (St Ann), for offering an electric stove.

7. Paulette (St Catherine), for offering girl dresses.

8. Rosemarie (St Catherine), for offering a heavy-duty stroller to Latoya.

9. Norma (St Catherine), for donating clothing.

10. Janice (St Andrew) for purchasing the blender needed by Peter, who cannot walk, but would like to start a juice business.

Opportunities to help neighbours

1. Annette, Kingston, who has bad knees and extreme difficulty walking, cannot afford surgery at this time but is asking neighbours for assistance in starting a small business.

2. Minott, St Andrew, is asking for size-two shoes for her seven-year-old daughter; size-four for her nine-year-old son; and size 81/2-9 for her husband.

3. Marcia, Kingston, unemployed, is asking for assistance in selling seasoning and spices to generate an income for herself and family.

4. Tamara, Clarendon, has a daughter troubled by cataracts in both eyes. Surgery, billed at $80,000, is required. She is a single mother.

5. Donette, St Andrew, and her husband are both unemployed, with four children; need a used sewing machine to generate an income.

6. Simone is appealing for assistance in acquiring a wheelchair for her neighbour who lost a leg.

7. Kadian, St Catherine, is asking for clothing for two- and four-year-old girls.

8. Jacqueline, St Catherine, desperately needs a bed base or her four children.

9. Tisha, Kingston, is asking for a twin stroller.

10. Leon, St Catherine, 52-year-old sickle-cell patient, is in need of a bed.

To help, call 906-3167, 884-3866, 373-7745, 299-3412 or email and we will make the link. Those who desire to help us with our financial obligations may make deposits to account 351 044 276 at the National Commercial Bank. (Bank routing password: JNCBJMKX); or send donations to Hello Neighbour c/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10.

Silton Townsend (better known for his theatrical portrayal of 'Maas Gussie'), author of Hello Mi Neighbour, is an actor and philanthropist.