WJC Students bring ‘Good Cheer’ to Senior Citizens at Nursing Home

  •   Adiese Jonas-Murphy, Associate Communication Director
  •  Friday, December 14, 2018
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Grade One Students at the Harrison Memorial Prep School raise their toiletry gifts to be handed out to Residents at the Lena Comfort Care Hom in St. James | PHOTO CREDITS:  Vernal Comrie

While many look forward to the Yuletide season as a period of receiving gifts, scores of Grade One students from the Harrison Memorial Preparatory School (operated by the West Jamaica Conference), traded their textbooks and pencils for a morning visit to the Lena Comfort Care Nursing Home, located in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. The visit, which took place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, saw the children spreading good cheer through smiles and laughter, conducting devotions and donating toiletries to Senior Citizens.


“I am always very grateful for the visits that we receive from the Church,” said Nurse Miriam Hutchinson, operator of the facility. “Every little help through donations is welcomed because it is expensive to operate a nursing home. What I especially liked about the children’s visit was that they went around individually to the residents and handed them gifts. That brought smiles to their faces” she ended. 


According to Mrs. Carol Smythe- James who serves as Women’s and Children’s Ministries Director of the Conference, as well as organizer of the visit, the objective was to remind the residents of how much they are valued and appreciated.


“It brought joy to my soul,” said the Director, “as I saw the students interacting with the elderly. They personally handed the residents toiletries. That made me elated” she exclaimed.


For approximately four years, the Children’s Ministries Department has partnered with the Harrison Memorial Preparatory School to undertake various community outreach projects.


“The activities we have undertaken together include: street feedings, witnessing and consistent visits to the Lena Comfort Care Home” she added.


The jubilant students clad in their khaki, green and white uniforms expressed how much they learned from spending a few hours with the elderly.


Antowne Davis was one of several children on the visit. “It was a good day to be here today,” he said. “This visit taught me that I should pray for the sick and be kind to others” echoed the 6-year-old.

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