Bounty, Dig­i­cel do­nate to Back-To

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Vet­eran dance­hall artiste Bounty Killer was given a warm welcome by res­i­dents of all ages as he vis­ited Majesty Gar­dens, St An­drew, on Fri­day, a com­mu­nity with which he was very fami­lar, as he grew up in Seav­iew Gar­dens, not far away. The en­ter­tainer, through the Bounty Foun­da­tion, joined forces with Dig­i­cel Foun­da­tion last Fri­day to hand out care pack­ages to some of the most vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies in the area pop­u­larly known as Back-To.

“This is where I come from and it is a place that still holds a spe­cial place in my heart,” Bounty Killer said. “This joint ven­ture came about be­cause Dig­i­cel not only pro­vides tele­phone ser­vice, but they are also ded­i­cated to serv­ing com­mu­ni­ties.”

He con­tin­ued, “This is an im­por­tant project. Al­though it’s a small ges­ture of our care for the com­mu­nity, we know it can go a long way for those who re­ally need it. I want

to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to con­tinue stay­ing safe and stay­ing to­gether in this hard time.”

The care pack­ages were hap­pily re­ceived by the res­i­dents, many of whom noted that gro­cery shop­ping had be­come a con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial bur­den dur­ing the dif­fi­cult COVID-19 pe­riod. Each care pack­age will pro­vide up to two weeks of es­sen­tial, non-per­ish­able ba­sic food items.

JA­MAICA’S MOST NEEDY

Over the years, Bounty Killer’s phil­an­thropic ef­forts to­wards Ja­maica’s most needy have earned him the ti­tle of the ‘poor peo­ple’s gov­er­nor’.

Eighty-nine-year-old res­i­dent As­ton Llewellyn Lawrence, whose soap-sell­ing busi­ness has dried up as a re­sult of COVID-19, ex­pressed his heart­felt grat­i­tude to the two foun­da­tions for what he con­sid­ered to be a true bless­ing from God.

“I thank God, and I bless Dig­i­cel and Bounty Killer for this gift.

I am very glad be­cause I was run­ning low on food and this helps to stop a gap for me,” he said. “I have known Bounty since he was a small child and that is why I am so happy to see where he has reached now, and I am even hap­pier to see him back in the com­mu­nity, helping those in need.”

Mean­while, Nasha-Monique Dou­glas, chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer for Dig­i­cel, noted that the fall­out from

COVID-19 has been par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult for low-in­come peo­ple.

“Some of those hard­est hit have been the el­derly and moth­ers of very young chil­dren, who of­ten lack a steady source of in­come. This part­ner­ship be­tween the Dig­i­cel Foun­da­tion and Bounty Foun­da­tion is, there­fore, a nat­u­ral fit, be­cause we are both ded­i­cated to serv­ing the com­mu­ni­ties that sup­port us,” Dou­glas said.

Public Re­la­tions and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager for Dig­i­cel, Elon Parkin­son, as­sists Majesty Gar­dens se­nior cit­i­zen As­ton Lawrence with get­ting a ride home af­ter he re­ceived his care pack­age from the Dig­i­cel Foun­da­tion and Bounty Foun­da­tion.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Bounty Killer do­nates gro­cery items to a res­i­dent of the Majesty Gar­dens com­mu­nity.

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