Everyday Heroes : Annmarie Thomas making a difference
On weekdays, Annmarie Thomas can be found carrying out her duties at the Clarendon Poor Relief Department in May Pen, Clarendon. And she spends more of spare time trying to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.
Thomas said that she was groomed to make a difference in the lives of others by her mother, Dorelza Grandison.
"She was always taking in persons who needed help, were hungry and feeding them," she told THE WEEKEND STAR.
Thomas said that as she got older, she started assisting her mother in preparing meals and reaching out to the homeless and people who were badly in need of something to eat.
But Thomas does not talk much about the work that she does. She told THE WEEKEND STAR that outreach is something that comes naturally to her, and she is not seeking any particular 'big ups' for her work.
Working at the poor relief office has given Thomas the opportunity to make even more of a difference in people's lives. She recalled that in 2011, then Mayor Scean Barnswell and former Inspector of the Poor Patricia Anderson decided to implement a feeding programme for the homeless.
"We started cooking from the office and taking food to the homeless within May Pen proper," she said.
Thomas takes every opportunity she gets to make a difference even when it entails funding it herself.
"This is a part of me. Whether I am at work or not, I just want to serve," she said.