Friends united through charity
Hello mi neighbour! Marcia from Mandeville needed a wheelchair for her brother - a stroke victim. Stephanie, Opal and Fay of the Practical Nurses Association answered the call. In the spirit of neighbouliness, the trio travelled from Kingston to Manchester with this chair. On their arrival Stephanie discovered that Marcia was a long-lost friend. Wow! A seed of kindness has just produced a harvest of joy. Two friends were reunited and mobility afforded to a stroke victim. I say it again - those who sow seeds of kindness add greater value to lives than anyone else. So, sow on! Mutual blessings await. As you contemplate what acts of kindness you will perform for others today, remember those listed in this column.
Switching to another point for contemplation, have you ever heard it said that "all men (and women) should be treated equally"? I've heard it many times. I think it's an attempt at getting us to agree that we all have a right to life and that none should be seen as inferior to the other. Not bad. When I heard a government minister with this assertion a few days ago, however, it raised a question. Are we really expected to treat everyone equally? Were it so, wouldn't it have a negative impact on our relationships? Imagine the husband who thinks that other women are equal to his wife and should be treated accordingly. For sure, that's a recipe for disaster!
Imagine also the scenario where a mother treats her four-year-old and 16-year-old equally. Home life becomes chaotic. The four-year-old would be equally required to do the dishes, spread the bed and take out the garbage. If all employees were treated equally, how would those with physical disabilities fit in? What of those who possess great skills, perform at high levels of proficiency, etc? Certainly they could not be ranked with non-performers or the unskilled in an established business enterprise.
If you are of the opinion that treating people unequally is immoral and that it destroys self-respect and confidence, you are not alone and I won't argue with you. If your opinion is based on the fact that the Creator showers "rain on the just and on the unjust", remember this: "The favour He shows and the joys He bestows are for those who trust and obey". Some things we must qualify for. But here's the point. Everyone is equally qualified to be treated with dignity, respect, fairness, and appropriateness. In the words of Martin Luther King Junior, "you have a responsibility to seek to make life better for everybody". There is no better place to start than from the list of needs in this column.
1. Mr Rainford, Kingston, for offering a bed to a needy neighbour.
2. Miss Gordon, St Andrew, for donating a refrigerator to a neighbour, Kingston.
3. Mr Richards, Clarendon, for offering a walker and diapers to a senior citizen.
4. Miss Anderson, Clarendon, for offering a sewing machine to a neighbour.
5. Neighbour for financial donation towards relief of another neighbour's asthmatic condition.
6. Neighbour for offering a king-size bed to a needy neighbour.
7. Miss Smith, for offering refrigerator and other household items to a neighbour.
8. Miss Lopez, Miami, Florida, for offering to assist Laurel's mother who got a stroke.
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP
Perleta, got burnt out. Asking for a second-hand refrigerator
Damian, Kingston. Asking for size-10 shoes and waist 36 pants for church. Also needs a pair of size-11 sneakers.
Single mom. Unable to walk, unemployed. Asking neighbours for financial assistance to operate a stall.
Brother Barrett, Manchester. Diabetic. Needs assistance to purchase medication.
Jennifer, St James. Unemployed with three children. Asking for a television set.
Geneva, Manchester. Son was shot and is scheduled to undergo surgery Asking neighbours to assist her. Cost: $113,000.
Mildred, St James. Mother of five asking for second-hand sheets and a bed.
Nickiesha, St Mary. Mother of two girls. Husband met in accident, unemployed. Needs food and lunch money for children.
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; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org