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Rookie readers reaching out

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Lt Col Sydney McKenzie of The Salvation Army is overjoyed as he receives a cheque for $100,000 from Jade Hollis, chairman of the Social Affairs Committee of The Jamaican Bar Association, towards the para-church organisation's Haiti relief effort. The cheque presentation took place at the Salvation Army headquarters at Waterloo Road, St Andrew, on April 1. The funds were part proceeds from Bar Beat Revolution, which was held at The Deck on March 6. - Contributed

Hi, Neighbour! If you missed this column last Wednesday, hope you caught up with it on Thursday. Not to worry though - all things worked together for good. Some readers, for the first time, got an opportunity to see what we have been doing and are now contributing to the well-being of others.

In response to Donnett's plea for a second-hand sewing machine to help generate an income for her family, Mr James, a first-time reader, offered to purchase a new one for her. Other persons who needed clothing, beds and bed bases have received help from other reader/donor rookies. Doesn't really seem to matter which day this column appears, it always finds readers who are willing to share. I predict that nine out of every 10 persons who read this column will become a donor.

Kindness overtaking Jamaica

As more persons buy into the Bible injunction 'love thy neighbour as thyself', kindness will take over this country. Never mind what you see, hear or read in the media, that's not representative of the majority. It's just that the misdeeds of the misguided normally occupy a place of prominence. We will continue to highlight acts of kindness and deeds of neighbourliness because they are making a positive difference even among the indifferent.

It is important to remind everyone again that those who reach out for help should reach out with help. I hate to hear people tell me that they cannot help anyone because their burden is already too heavy. They cannot see how on earth this writer can expect them to assist a neighbour out of the little that they have. They have six mouths to feed and "the fada gone 'bout 'im business". They are left to fend for these kids with the pittance they receive from one or two days' work per week. "How dat fi stretch, Massa?"

Stick a pin. Do you recall the physically handicapped gentleman who needed a blender to do a little juice business? The neighbour who bought it for him was a helper with children. Her salary was at minimum-wage level, like most helpers. It is in helping the less fortunate that she is blessed in all areas of her life. There is always food on her table and her cupboard is never empty. Take note!

I beg all those who think that begging is the answer to their problems to stop and think. Giving is far more powerful as a sustainer of life than begging. I am not saying that if one has needs one should not ask for help; just try not to make it a way of life.

The more people give, the less they need to beg. As night follows day, it works! Become one of the millions for whom this principle is working by becoming a giver!

Hope I gave you something that can change your life. As brawta, here are 10 opportunities for you to help someone and experience true joy. Grab at least one!

Opportunities to help the needy

1. Janet, Kingston, single mother; unemployed; wants to start a small business selling clothing items or cold drinks to help herself and child.

2. Epsie, Kingston, 75 years old; asking for a used stove to bake items for a living.

3. Kishana, Manchester, needs material to fix her parents' house.

4. Ms Tomlinson, single mother, requests assistance in starting a pastry business with her son who is studying food and nutrition in high school; needs a stove and ingredients.

5. Ms Clarke, Kingston, elderly woman in need of walker.

6. Wendy, single mother; asking neighbours for assistance to purchase fabric to sew sheets; it will help send children to school.

7. Neighbour, asking for clothing for her two-year-old daughter.

8. Ms Harris, Clarendon, 97 years old. Home and furniture were damaged by Hurricane Ivan. Her most urgent need is a bed.

9. Ms Black, single mother, needs clothing for a five-month-old.

10. Sharon, St Catherine, needs church clothing for herself and her four children.

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 as 'Maas Gussie', the author of 'Hello Mi Neighbour', is a charity activist.

Thanks to these neighbours

1. Pearl, Kingston, for offering clothing.

2. Mrs Scott, St Mary, for offering a crib and children's clothing.

3. Samantha, St Catherine, for offering shoes for a newborn.

4. Kedisha, St Elizabeth, for offering church clothing for babies.

5. Mrs Brown, St Andrew, for giving a wedding dress and clothing to a neighbour in need.

6. Eleanor, St Catherine, for offering a bed and a buffet to someone in need.

7. Lorna, St Catherine, for offering babies' clothes.

8. Ms Murphy, St Catherine, for offering a sewing machine.

9. Tanisha, Kingston, for donating babies' clothing.

10. Marva, for giving child and adult clothing.

11. Everybody's Deli for demonstration of kindness.