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  • The Garland Hall Memorial Children’s Home in Anchovy, St. James has received $250,000 to carry out repairs at the facility.
  • The money was donated by the owners and operators of Gebbers Farm in Washington, in the United States, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grandy.
  • Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier thanked the Grandy’s for their benevolence and act of philanthropy, and for the cycle of generosity they continue to promote.

The Garland Hall Memorial Children’s Home in Anchovy, St. James has received $250,000 to carry out repairs at the facility.

The money was donated by the owners and operators of Gebbers Farm in Washington, in the United States, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grandy, who are presently in the island to recruit additional farm workers to complement Jamaicans already employed on their farm.

The Garland Hall Memorial Children’s Home is a privately-run orphanage for youngsters who have been made vulnerable either through family death, deprivation, abuse or negligence and are being cared for by persons associated with the Baptist Church. It caters to children aged two to18 years old.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security offices in Kingston on Tuesday, May 6, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier thanked the Grandy’s for their benevolence and act of philanthropy, and for the cycle of generosity they continue to promote.

“This is a time of enormous challenges for our country. We exist in a very tight fiscal space with limited options for manoeuvre. And in times like these, gestures of kindness and philanthropy towards the less fortunate and the very vulnerable among us take on profound significance,” he said.

Mr. Kellier used the opportunity to encourage members of the corporate community and privileged Jamaicans, to participate even more in helping to lift up those Jamaicans who need assistance.

In the meantime, Mr. Kellier urged the Gebbers farm workers to continue their hard work and dedication to duty on the farm.

“You have all made Jamaica proud by your efforts – and the fact that the Grandy’s continue to look to this country in their search for more workers is testament to your worthy efforts,” he added.

Expressing gratitude for the donation, Executive Member, Jamaica Baptist Women’s Federation, Marine Cunningham informed that some of the money will be used to assist in constructing a half-way house at the facility for individuals who have passed the age of 18 but have no alternative living arrangements.

She noted that over the years, children have moved on from the home through adoption, or are placed in foster care.

“Many of them…have grown up and have taken their place in society (and) have made tremendous contributions to the nation and to countries abroad,” she said, adding that the administrators of the home strive to make it the best children’s home in the country.

In his remarks, Robert Grandy noted that they were motivated to give back following the acts of kindness demonstrated by the workers on their farms.

He said he is pleased that his company is providing employment opportunities to Jamaicans since 2010.

“I can never thank you gentlemen enough for the commitment you’ve made to making this programme work, without your commitment it would not be successful,” he said.

The Grandy’s, were inspired by the generosity of their Jamaican farm workers, who donated $250,000 to the Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town several years ago.

The money – raised through fund-raising efforts by the farm workers – was used in the Self-Sufficiency Programme at the Home to provide food for the residents and assist them in income earning activities.

Since then, the Grandy’s have donated $250,000 to the Golden Age Home located in Denham Town, West Kingston. The money was donated through Chelan Fresh Marketing, the sales and marketing arm of Gebbers Farm.