Miss Kitty, Govana bring Christmas joy to student affected by fire
Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton (fourth right) poses with Omar Lindo and his classmates on Tuesday. Sharing in the occasion is igicel brand marketing manager, Ayanna Kirton (right).
Christmas came early for a teenage boy whose family home was destroyed by fire last month when media personality, Khadine ‘Miss Kitty’ Hylton, helped by corporate sponsors and dancehall artiste Govana, gave him a festive surprise.
Kindhearted Kitty gifted the boy, Omar Lindo, a third form student at Jonathan Grant High School, with a number of supplies towards helping him recover from the November 12 disaster at his family's Nugent Street, Spanish Town home.
Kitty also feted Omar and six of his classmates, whose efforts - along with those of the school's Manning Cup football team - to help him raise funds after the blaze were captured by the media and caught the eye of the popular media personality.
“I heard of the story of the young man, Omar, whose house was burnt to the ground and I heard what his classmates did for him, and I thought it was so compassionate, so thoughtful and so brave.
Dancehall artiste Govana offers words of encouragement to Omar.
“Oftentimes we hear about what the bad children ... and I thought that this deserves to be highlighted, because it is important that we know that there are children who are loving, thoughtful, compassionate and children who are doing the right thing,” she said.
To make the treat a reality, Kitty sought the help of a number of corporate leaders, colleagues and even listeners of her radio show.
Digicel provided Omar with a laptop; $50,000 in groceries and $50,000 in school supplies, while also providing all seven boys with brand new mobile phones.
According to Digicel brand marketing manager, Ayanna Kirton, the business didn't hesitate to assist Miss Kitty, who is a brand ambassador for the communication company.
“Miss Kitty rarely calls on us for assistance with anything but whenever she does it is always to lend a hand to causes that are truly deserving," Kirton said.
She added: “This is a demonstration of empathy and we need more acts of kindness and love like this one to help to change the narrative about Jamaica's current situation as well as the mindset of our youth and particularly our boys.”
Lindo received another laptop as well as clothing from a listener; two $50,000 gift certificates courtesy of Wisynco, with one certificate going towards groceries and the other towards school supplies; and another $50,000 gift certificate from Devon House Ice Cream.
Dancehall artiste Govana also stepped up to the cause and provided Lindo with $100,000 cash and the other six boys with $10,000 each, the same amount that Miss Kitty gave each of the youngsters from her personal funds.
“I was touched by the effort that his six friends and the football team put in," Govana explained after surprising the children with the donation.
"I am a Spanish Town youth and I am very touched when it comes on to Spanish Town, because growing up in Spanish Town, I never had a lot of good influence," he continued. “So from where I am coming from to where I am now, I will try to assist the Spanish Town youths; it is Christmas and it is time for giving, love, family and sharing, so this is about helping to get back a ghetto youth on his feet.”
KFC, Devon House Ice Cream, GraceKennedy and Wisynco provided the supplies for the party.
Omar was overwhelmed with gratitude.
“I feel good and happy about what happened and I just want to tell everyone thanks for what they did for me and I am very grateful for it," the boy said.