M&M Jamaica extends aid to St Elizabeth, Kingston communities
Nicola Morris, Administrator at the Black River Hospital and a board member of Directors’ Warden at the All Souls Anglican Church is delighted to receive masks from Donald Mullings, founder & managing director, M & M Jamaica Limited, for the Black River Hospital.
Construction company M &M Jamaica has donated much-needed masks to frontline healthcare workers at the Black River Hospital as well as care packages to approximately 500 households in Kingston and St Elizabeth to aid in the COVID-19 relief efforts.
The company, with its head office in Kingston, donated disposable masks and food packages valued upwards of $500,000 for distribution through Speculation Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ and All Souls Anglican Church in St Elizabeth as well as Tarrant High School and the Church of the Ascension outreach in Kingston.
The communities to benefit are Pond Pen, Spring Park, Speculation, Cambridge, Brompton, Fyffes Pen, Shrewsbury, Luana, Oxford, New Town, and Killmurry in St Elizabeth, along with Jacks Hill, St Andrew and Tarrant in Kingston
According to Nicola Morris, Administrator at the Black River Hospital and Directors’ Warden at the All Souls Anglican Church, the donations are timely and will greatly benefit the over 300 staff members at the type ‘C’ hospital as well as hundreds of Jamaicans who have lost their source of income due to COVID-19.
“Many of our community members worked in the hotel industry. Others are indigent and rely heavily on persons who are now out of jobs. The care packages will provide meals for an extended period, so we are truly grateful for the assistance,” she said.
The packages include cooking oil, flour, sugar, salt fish, rice, and canned mackerel.
Pastor Patrick Bailey of Speculation Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, in St Elizabeth (left) and Nicola Morris, administrator of the Black River Hospital, happily receive COVID relief food donations, on behalf of communities out of St. Elizabeth from M & M Jamaica Limited's Managing Director, Donald Mullings and Richard Mullings (right), general manager respectively.
The principal of the Tarrant High School in Kingston, Major Paul Hall, said the school plans on targeting the donations to children on the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) who are now out of school. This amounts to over 300 students.
“We can’t reach everyone as the number of students on PATH has increased significantly since the pandemic. What we will do is assess, as best as possible, the neediest households in our school community. My staffis fully on board to assist in the effort”.
M & M Jamaica has had a longstanding relationship with the parish of St Elizabeth owing to its founder and Managing Director Donald Mullings being a son of the soil. The company has established numerous tertiary scholarships for members within the community of Brompton as well as hosts the annual M & M Mathematics Competition.
The call for help was never a question of why, but how much, stated Mullings.
“People are struggling, not because they don’t want to work but because they can’t. I know first-hand how very industrious the residents of St. Elizabeth are and being a product of that hard work, we could not stand by and not lend a helping hand. As a company, we are simply trying to make their lives a bit easier during these troubled times,” he said.
Jamaica confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 10. Since then, approximately 47,000 Jamaicans have lost their jobs, with the hotel sector being the hardest hit.