JNBS Spreads Christmas Joy
Thirteen Organisations Receive Funds for Christmas Outreach Projects
Several residents, particularly children and senior citizens, experienced the joy of Christmas through the initiative of 13 civic groups and organisations, which were supported by the Jamaica National Building Society’s (JNBS) Christmas Charities Programme.
The annual programme facilitated offsetting the medication costs for a children’s home and the hosting of several treats.
“My friends and I were excited when we learned that we were going to have a Christmas lunch. We had entertainment and lots of food which I enjoyed,” said ten-year-old Clifford Campbell of the Maxfield Park Primary School, one of the beneficiaries of the Christmas Charities Programme.
The JN Corporate Communications Department has a long-term relationship with the primary school; and has been conducting a monthly reading programme at the educational institution, since 2008.
Tanya Pringle, senior manager, Corporate Communications at Jamaica National, explained that the Christmas Charities programme has been in place for many years; and is one of several philanthropic efforts JN undertakes annually.
“Conscious of our corporate social responsibility, we actively support the people in the communities where we are located,” Mrs. Pringle pointed out, explaining that “Our JN slogan, ‘We’ll help you find a way’ is indicative of projects to improve the quality of life for residents in all parishes. And, naturally, during the Christmas season, we expand our social outreach to bring cheer, particularly to persons in institutions.”
Daphne Lindo, Administrative Assistant of the Vineyard Town-based Golden Age Home, welcomed the financial assistance to host the Home’s annual Christmas treat.
“More than 200 residents participated in the African-themed treat. We had several activities, including performances from the Jamaica Military Band and students from nearby schools. Many of the residents do not have the support of their family; therefore, we are happy to host this treat for them, so that they can enjoy the festivities of the season,” Miss Lindo disclosed.
Similarly, Lolita Phillips, Administrator and Hostel Manager of The Possibility Programme, disclosed that the Society’s support helped to make their annual Christmas Luncheon a success.
“We are thankful to Jamaica National, which always makes our Christmas Luncheon possible. This event means a lot to the boys in our care; and they look forward to it every year,” Mrs. Phillips said.
She explained that her organisation is instrumental in improving the lives of vulnerable young persons between the ages of ten and 18 years in the Kingston Metropolitan area through the re-socialisation and reintegration of the youngsters with their families and schools.
“Currently, there are 25 boys in our care; and they are being exposed to computer literacy, psychosocial services, and remedial literacy. We also engage their parents in workshops to assist in improving their parenting skills.”
The other beneficiaries of the 2016 JNBS Christmas Charities were: Praise Tab Christian Academy, Lodge De La Vega, The UWI Open Campus, Food for the Poor, Early Stimulation Programme, the University Hospital of the West Indies, Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre, Westmoreland Municipal Corporation and the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights.