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November 30, 2012
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Thankful - Community aids 84-y-o after tropical storm Sandy destroyed his home
Rasbert Turner, STAR Writer


Residents and volunteers help to construct Richards' new house.


Derbin Richards chats with Member of Parliament Denise Daley. - Rasbert Turner photos


Police Community Safety and Security Branch members, along with local residents and their political representative, construct a house for senior citizen Derbin Richards, Oxford Road, Spanish Town.


Hard at work.

It was a teary-eyed Derbin Richards that said thanks to persons who turned out on Saturday to build him a house after Hurricane Sandy had left him without one.

The 84-year-old was the toast of the day's activity which saw police, politicians and community members equipped with shovels, hammers, nails, saws and other tools in a determined bid to complete the wooden structure.

"This is a wonderful occasion and it really feels good to me that all these persons find it in their hearts to build this place for me.

"It will keep the elements off my body. This is really a special feeling after so much suffering," Richards said with tears in his eyes.

treated like a king

The initiative was the brainchild of Enos Lawrence and the Buckingham Golden Police Club, who, along with other volunteers, gathered to treat the senior citizen like a king.

''The youth clubs falls under Community Safety. Therefore, three police personnel are here helping to build the house for this elderly gentleman. If we can make one person's life better, then it is a job well done,'' Special Corporal Fabian McKnight said.

While THE WEEKEND STAR visited the Oxford Road location, a number of persons had words of encouragement for those who participated in the project.

''We've decided to buy him bed, a stove and build a better toilet facility, and even some food stuff that can take throughout. We will also be doing some visits to make his condition better," Denise Daley, member of parliament for Eastern St Catherine said.

It was the view that other such projects would take place throughout the parish to influence the lives of persons in a positive way.

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