May 25, 2016
Hello mi neighbour! As I make a case for my ‘clients’ who contact me for assistance on a daily basis, I borrow a quote from Sister Ann: “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” A profound and uncontestable statement, indeed, which requires no elaboration. I invite you to meditate on this truth for a while and then take action.
Now start looking around. Look in, look out. Search everywhere. Search heart and mind. What have you found? Clothing (new and used) hanging in your closet, which may never see your back again? What about that table, those chairs, that used settee, television, sewing machine, bed linen and mattress? Could they enjoy greater utility in the hands of someone else? Those dust-stained pieces of household items which you may consider junk could be someone else’s treasure – someone who has lost his/her belongings to fire.
We know the reason so many items lay idly around your property, is that you do not really want to throw them away and are unsure of how to dispose of them. Well, we are here to help solve that problem. Our duty through this column is to help people to help people, and so fulfil the God-given mandate to be our brother’s keeper in word and deed.
Thanks for reading. We await your response to the list below with eager anticipation!
THANKS FOR HELPING
1. Patrice, St Mary, for offering clothing for a two-year-old girl; jeans for boys; and clothing for a petite woman.
2. Neighbour, for offering clothing for a two-year-old; adult female shoes; and sneakers for seven-year-old.
3. Linnette, St Andrew, for offering a mattress to a neighbour.
4. Ann-Marie, St Andrew, for going the extra mile to feed her neighbours.
5. Everybody’s Pharmacy for acts of neighbourliness.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR HELPING
1. Pearl, St Ann Asking neighbours for a TV.
2. Neighbour Mother of six started a little house which she is unable to complete. Asking for cement and board.
3. Neighbour Pleading with neighbours for food. Getting weaker due to lack of food.
4. Paulet, St Catherine Facing a serious crisis. Unemployed; house is up for sale and could end up on the streets. Reaching out to neighbours for help.
– To help, please call 334-8165/884-3866 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.