18-year-old passionate about helping the homeless

March 15, 2016
Hanifah and Gregory

For many 18-year-old persons, giving back is not the first thing on their mind. But for Hanifah Hartley, it is all that has remained on her mind since the start of 2016.

"I was sleeping and when I woke up I told my mom that I want to help the homeless. I was always passionate about it, but that morning I told my mom that I had a vision of helping the homeless, because I always see them, and sometimes I don't like the way they are treated," she told the STAR Online.

Out of vision, the Hartley Movement was born. On Saturday she delivered the first set of meals to 32 homeless people.

"My dad and I went to the supermarket Friday night and got the stuff. My mom got the juice from the supermarket. I went to the market in the morning to buy the lettuce and those things, then my neighbour and I prepared the sandwiches," the nursing student said.

She then took to the streets of Half Way Tree to Cross Roads in St Andrew to distribute sandwiches and refreshing drinks.

"We gave out corned beef sandwiches with lettuce, tomato and cheese. We also gave out Cran Wata and drinks.They were very happy," a satisfied Hartley said.

"They were saying, 'God bless you and we're looking forward to seeing you again'," she said.

Hartley Movement will take to the streets again in a matter of weeks and its founder is excited about bringing goodies and a smile to the needy.

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