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'One person can make a difference'

Published:Monday | March 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Krystal Reynolds shares food for persons at the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Centre on Peters Lane, Kingston, recently. - Photo by Alessandro Boyd

Young woman and family reach out to less fortunate

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

KRYSTAL REYNOLDS' affection for the indigent was like an oasis of kindness as she handed out food and goodies at The Salvation Army Rehabilitation Centre on Peters Lane, Kingston, recently.

This was the fourth time she was doing this.

"I think it's that I wanna help people no matter what. It's a great opportunity that came to me, and if I can help them, then that is good. Nothing else matters," Reynolds said.

Eager persons huddled at the entrance of the centre as the goods were unloaded. Reynolds handed out more than 200 meals, gift packages, buns, cheese and even sweets.

"It was a bit overwhelming because we had everyone coming again and again. I just want to help them though, and that's why my mom and I woke up from 4 a.m. this morning to prepare the meals. I don't want to disappoint anyone," she said.

Reynolds said she first got the idea to volunteer at the centre in 2010. "I said to mom and dad that it was time I give back something, because I have been given so many things. I'm so blessed and thankful, and I want to make sure that someone else can be happy and live a good life," Reynolds told The Gleaner. She noted that her parents were very supportive and were willing to assist.

Reynolds is completing her studies off the island and intends to continue volunteering at the centre at least once per year.

"Always remember that no matter what, one person can make a difference - whether it is small or large. Everyone can make a change. If you try, you can do it," Reynolds said.