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FFFP brings Christmas cheer to residents of Golden Age Home

Food For The Poor - Jamaica | 2014-12-12 00:00:00

A joyful and memorable time was had by approximately 200 residents and caregivers from the Golden Age Home in Kingston, who were treated on December 9 to a day of lively entertainment, food and gift packages courtesy of Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica. 

The Christmas treat catered to the three Food For The Poor sponsored clusters D, B and G, which house residents who are severely challenged, both mentally and physically, and seniors with chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. 

In explaining the purpose of the event, FFP’s Social Outreach Manager, Marcia Hall-Walker said, “Over the years, Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica has continued to support the Golden Age Home in various ways through the provision of food, clothing, furniture and medical items.  Today’s event is an extension of what we do throughout the year where FFP staff members come in and feed and spend some time with the residents here at the Home.”

She further explained that, “this is just one of the many treats that FFP organizes each year to show the most vulnerable in our society that we care and that we’ll always be here for them… This is what Christmas is all about…spreading the love and giving hope to many who are dispossessed and often times forgotten.”

Morelene Moncrieffe, Supervisor of Cluster D for the past seven years, was happy to see the team of volunteers and staff members from Food For The Poor who showed up to treat her “babies”, the 50 residents, 39 females and 11 males.

“These are my babies and it was a joy to see the smiles on their faces when the team showed up today… They are very appreciative and look forward to this event every year.  Those who cannot literally say thanks with their lips, express gratitude with their limbs.  These residents hardly get visitors.  A few church groups come in but hardly any family members, so they anticipate this event.  As far as they are concerned, you have adopted them…you are like their mothers.”

Ms. Moncrieffe continued, “Words cannot express the joy it brings to our hearts to see our residents so happy.  What I like about Food For The Poor is that this is not a one off gesture, they support us in many ways throughout the years.  For example, our Physiotherapy room was constructed by Food For The Poor and they ensure that we have a physiotherapist to cater to the residents.  Our recreational area was outfitted with furniture thanks to them.  Our bed linens and medical items come from Food For The Poor…and I could go on and on.  They have adopted us and have spread the love across this institution and this is greatly appreciated.”

Similar sentiments were echoed by one of the Supervisors for Cluster G, Vinette Palmer, who oversees a total of 69 residents, 43 males and 26 females.

Palmer said, “Out of these 69 residents, I don’t think 20 of them get visitors.  This treat gives them a sense of belonging and cause them to remember that there are people out there who care for them. The truth is, we don’t have enough caregivers to give the kind of individual attention they are receiving today from the Food For The Poor team.  I see this as part of a healing process for the residents and we are grateful because it also acts as a motivation for those of us who take care of them daily.  Food For The Poor is actually filling a gap that we could not fill financially.”

One senior from Cluster D, 65-year-old Joan Byfield, who has been a resident of the Golden Age Home for the past 12 years, was happy to express her gratitude for the Christmas treat.

Byfield said, “I am very much appreciative of this and I always recommend Food For The Poor to people because I have known about the organization for a very long time.  It is a good company and I know the other residents are happy for the food, company and gifts… I love you,”

Just last Thursday, December 4, over 2500 needy Jamaicans were treated at Emmet Park by FFP, in partnership with the Salvation Army.  Some 800 children from Food For The Poor supported Children’s Homes across the island will also benefit from a Christmas Treat slated to be held at King’s House on December 16.

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