Dis­abled boys get help

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - AKERA DAVIS STAR Writer

“Iam feel­ing elated be­cause I didn’t know that I would get help, I didn’t know that peo­ple would ever see my story and reach out to me,” an ec­static Ber­nadette Baker told THE STAR. It was only a week ago that this news­pa­per pub­lished the story about her strug­gles as a sin­gle mother to pro­vide for her two dis­abled sons. STAR read­ers, both lo­cal and over­seas, have been con­tact­ing Baker to pledge their as­sis­tance.

“The poor re­lief of­fi­cers from Black River came here and some­body from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fice came as well, and they promised to give me help. I got some Pam­pers this morn­ing from some­body in my area who saw the ar­ti­cle in THE STAR and came by. An­other gen­tle­man brought Pam­pers, too,” said Baker.

DI­AG­NOSED WITH SCO­L­IO­SIS

Baker has two dis­abled chil­dren. The older, Shanaldo Good­win, 23, was di­ag­nosed with sco­l­io­sis and is men­tally chal­lenged. Trav­elle Van­riel, 16, is autis­tic and un­able to speak.

The Wil­liams­field, St El­iz­a­beth res­i­dent said that they both wear di­a­pers, which she is hardly able to af­ford, worse now that she is un­em­ployed. Since THE STAR ar­ti­cle was pub­lished, per­sons have opened their hearts and pock­ets to the fam­ily.

“Some­times I use to feel left out, like no­body cares, so I re­ally feel good about it. Not even for me, but es­pe­cially my boys, be­cause there is noth­ing that I ask for, for my­self. I just want to do more for them so they can be more com­fort­able than they are now,” Baker said.

She told THE STAR that she plans to in­vest some of the money she has been re­ceiv­ing.

“I’m do­ing a fowl coop and get some layer chicken. I was do­ing it be­fore, but it failed be­cause I had to use all the money on my boys. But I’m go­ing to try my best to keep it open this time,” she said.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Ber­nadette Baker and her sons Trav­elle (left) and Shanaldo.

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