HOPE FOR DORIS ... Good Samaritans gave struggling goldenager Independence gifts
Good Samaritans give struggling goldenager Independence gifts
Moved by the tear-jerking story of Doris Josephs, an 80-year-old woman lives in an area known as Buzzrock in Effortville, Clarendon, a group of good Samaritans used the Independence holiday to offer her hope.
On Saturday, members of the Romans 12 Bible Studies Prayer Ministry, located in Kingston, partnered with the Effortville Police Youth Club in May Pen and visited Josephs.
"We decided to visit Miss Doris after seeing her story in THE STAR and based on her condition we felt we needed to come and look for her and to see how best we can help to make her situation better," said Leighton Powell.
Powell, the founder and director of the of the R12 Ministry, said a member of the ministry visited her in June, shortly after her story was published, and reported that her living conditions were terrible.
"When we went back on Independence Day, she was still the same. We saw pots and mangoes all over. We brought her food items, clothing, sheets, blankets, slippers, and personal hygiene items. When she saw us, she was in a joyful mood. She was happy and very grateful for the stuff," Powell said.
Powell said it was a challenge to organise the visit for Josephs.
"I made many calls and travelled several miles to collect the items which came from donations," Joseph said
He added that he received assistance from Sing Praise Ministry in May Pen, the St Monica Golden Home Age in St Catherine, the Full Truth Church of God Deliverance Centre, co-workers, family and friends, as well as the members of R12.
Joseph has been living in an old, rickety shed-like structure made from old zinc and wood for more than 20 years.
Whenever it rains, she gets wet on the makeshift bed. The linens are dirty, she cooks on the ground, and dogs eat from her utensils.