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Thanks for the spirit of neighbourliness

Published:Thursday | May 3, 2012 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! Joy from Montego Bay called in a joyful mood to report that she picked up the wheelchair from the Westmoreland neighbour.

The story began last month when she first called in search of a wheelchair for a gentleman in her community who was ill. Nearby relatives and neighbours were unable to lend a helping hand. Again, we figured that a neighbour somewhere would've offered assistance. The machinery was set in motion - we published the need. Surely enough, a Westmoreland neighbour called with a solution. Pick-up arrangements were made and today the wheelchair is the needy gentleman's mode of mobility. Thanks for the spirit of neighbourliness!

With that problem solved, not only the gentleman, but the entire community is happier. Many problems have been solved as a result of solving that one. Here is a resultant thought: we can solve all the problems of the world by concentrating on just one at a time and watch the ripple effect.

When you give a neighbour a bus fare or a ride to work, you are meeting the needs of an entire family. He gets to work on time and gets to keep the job. The chain reaction is that he continues to collect his monthly salary. He goes to the market and purchases food for his family. The children eat a good meal before leaving for school. They are able to learn as a result. They end up with a good education and become leaders tomorrow. And what was your contribution? Offering a bus fare or a ride to work.

We may never know the lasting effect of our simple acts of kindness. A highly paid professional once told us that if it had not been for a kind person who came to her rescue, she would have missed her chance at a career. Her familiar story was that her family was poor and could not afford her schooling. Someone saw her potential and pitched in as her sponsor through school. Today, she is a big contributor to the development and sponsorship of many children.

While governments and other institutions are expected to meet the basic needs of the poor, we must remember that we too have a great role to play in this regard. When the command was given to 'love neighbour as self and to do unto others as you would have them do unto you', it was meant to be executed at the personal level; where we rub shoulders together. Despite who might or might not be in power, it is at the personal level that real empowerment takes place. When you can help a depressed, distressed and stressed-out neighbour to de-stress, that's powerful. He or she will become hopeful. When you can call someone who has just lost a job or a loved one and give a word of hope and comfort, life becomes more meaningful. Help a neighbour today and remember to pray for our university students.

To help us, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or 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; email helloneighbour@yahoo.com.

Thanks for helping

Ms Cherry, St James, for gift of clothing and shoes.

Ms Salmon, St Elizabeth, helping Charmaine, Manchester, to purchase eye drops.

Ms Morris, for helping eight-year-old with back to school and shoes.

Neighbour for television.

Ms Myrtle, for wheelchair.

Opportunities to help

Laurel, St Catherine, unemployed. Mother got stroke and in need of diapers. Also asking for a few tins of Ensure for her neighbour. About to be thrown out of house. Asking for a few sheets of zinc and plywood.

Evadney, St Catherine, needs a double-bed mattress.

Angela, St Andrew, in need of size 16 clothing and size 10 shoes. Also needs a bed base.

Neighbour, single mom asking neighbours to assist with transportation cost to send 10-year-old child to school. Shoes, bag and size eight khaki uniforms also.

Patrick, Clarendon, needs help to purchase material for chicken coop ... unemployed.

My friend and I were burnt out at Laws Street in March 2012 and are in dire need of furniture.