Monday 21 September, 2020

CCRP donates $500,000 to FFP for care packages to aid elderly shut-ins

Constable Christopher Taylor (left); Craig Moss, Director at Food For The Poor Jamaica (FFPJ), Inspector Natalie Palmer-Mair, Head of the JCF Community Relations Division; Sergeant Jerr Johnson-Heron; Jean Lowrie-Chin, CCRP Executive Chair; Constable Chantal Wilson and Constable Tedisha Brown stand strong in service to the poor.

Constable Christopher Taylor (left); Craig Moss, Director at Food For The Poor Jamaica (FFPJ), Inspector Natalie Palmer-Mair, Head of the JCF Community Relations Division; Sergeant Jerr Johnson-Heron; Jean Lowrie-Chin, CCRP Executive Chair; Constable Chantal Wilson and Constable Tedisha Brown stand strong in service to the poor.

With Jamaica’s elderly shut-ins facing new struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) has stepped up to assist theses vulnerable members of society.

The CCRP has donated $500,000 to Food for the Poor Jamaica (FFPJ) for the preparation of food and personal care packages to be distributed to shut-ins by compassionate members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Founder and Executive Chairman of CCRP, Jean Lowrie-Chin upon hearing of the plight of shut-ins in the Central Kingston area from Sgt Jerr Johnson-Heron, discussed assistance for shut-ins islandwide with CCRP Board Directors who gave swift and unanimous approval.

“We would not have been able to make this contribution without last year’s increased membership in CCRP,” noted Lowrie-Chin. “This resulted from the design of a great health plan by Gallagher Insurance Brokers and the support of Sagicor, so big thanks to them as well.”

The first set of packages were handed over last Thursday to Sgt Johnson-Heron for Kingston and Inspector Natalie Palmer-Mair, Head of the JCF Community Relations Division, who will oversee the distribution in Central, North East and Western Jamaica. The packages include food staples, canned meats, beans, juices, dental care and sanitising items, vitamins and OTC medications.

 “We at the JCF commend the CCRP for this generous gift,” said Inspector Palmer-Mair. “Our officers working on the ground are seeing the plight of indigent elderly shut-ins and we will reach out to the neediest cases.”

FFPJ Director, Craig Moss-Solomon stated: “The homeless, the vulnerable and those struggling to make ends meet need us now more than ever, so we see it as our duty to ensure that those we serve are not forced to bear the burden of not having essential supplies, especially during these difficult times.”

FFPJ believes the CCRP donation came at the right time, as the charity is now appealing for assistance to meet increasing needs.

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