Joy comes in the morn­ing!

Jamaica Gleaner - - RURAL PRESS - Ce­celia Camp­bell Livingston Gleaner Writer ru­ral@glean­erjm.com

St Mary mother all smiles as she gets help

BRAIN­ERD, St Mary: NLY A few months ago, St Mary mother of three De­an­dra Bon­ner was in the dumps and feel­ing de­jected. To­day, she is wear­ing a smile that just lights up the room, and that is all thanks to the out­pour­ing of love and sup­port she has been re­ceiv­ing since her sit­u­a­tion was high­lighted in The Gleaner on June 27.

“Thanks to ev­ery­one for mak­ing my chil­dren and me so much more com­fort­able. I am so thank­ful, I can’t be­lieve my life could be tak­ing such a big turn. My chil­dren and I are grate­ful for the sup­port. Trust me, I am sleep­ing so much bet­ter at nights now,” she said.

Yolandie Bai­ley, who has been work­ing tire­lessly with District Con­sta­ble Rowena Pren­der­gast – the two who were in­stru­men­tal in high­light­ing Bon­ner’s plight – said a team was formed to seek help.

“Sergeant Ty­rone Brown and my­self spear­headed the ini­tia­tive by call­ing on friends and lo­cal busi­nesses of a giv­ing na­ture to help. We’re in con­stant di­a­logue in se­cur­ing ad­di­tional aid for her,” said Bai­ley.

The team has so far spent over $65,000 se­cur­ing zinc, board for re­pairs to the roof and cre­ation of a front door, as well as pur­chas­ing fur­ni­ture, in­clu­sive of two sin­gle beds with mat­tresses, cylin­der of gas, a four-burner table­top gas stove, paint, clothes iron, food and other house­hold sup­plies.

“Friends in the United States shipped the clothes, kitchen uten­sils, shoes for both mother and chil­dren, while Sergeant Brown ac­tively sought as­sis­tance from the hard­wares in Port Maria and re­ceived same,” said Bai­ley.

Ac­cord­ing to her, help­ing Bon­ner is a con­tin­u­ous ef­fort as they will be as­sist­ing with the daily school ex­penses also.

There is even more help on the hori­zon for Bon­ner as Food For The Poor Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Petri-Ann Henry told Ru­ral Xpress: “Food For The Poor has been in con­tact with Ms Bon­ner and has been guid­ing her through the process of gath­er­ing the rel­e­vant land doc­u­ments re­quired for its hous­ing as­sis­tance. The charity has also promised to re­main in touch with the fam­ily so as to of­fer what­ever sup­port is needed dur­ing this process.”

OA vol­un­teer works to re­pair the roof of De­an­dra Bon­ner’s house.

Bon­ner, who lives in the deep-ru­ral district of Brain­erd, St Mary, had pre­vi­ously been liv­ing in a broken-down house, badly in need of re­pairs with the roof cav­ing in.

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