Over 800 elderly and indigent persons from several parts of the Corporate Area were treated by His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie on Sunday (December 20) at his annual Christmas Dinner at the Kingston Parish Church.
Mayor McKenzie, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lee Clarke, Town Clerk, Errol Green and other members of the Council and the staff of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) participated in feeding and entertaining the guests, who look forward to the annual dinner financed by funds raised under the Mayor’s Xmas Dinner Fund.
However, this year’s event took on added significance, as it was made part of the KSAC’s “Christmas in the City, Downtown Comes Alive” shopping campaign, which is aimed at restoring downtown’s tradition as the city’s main commercial shopping centre, especially at Christmas.
“We thought it was important that we did not leave out the elderly, the poor and the indigents who form a large part of the downtown community,” the Mayor said.
His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, feeding 94-year-old Delzerine Kelly-Jackson, the oldest of over 800 elderly and indigent persons treated by the Mayor at his Annual Christmas Dinner Fund treat at the Kingston Parish Church, downtown Kingston, on Sunday (December 20). The event formed part of the ‘Christmas in the City, Downtown Comes Alive’ shopping campaign.
He added that the charity will continue on New Year’s Day, when he and other Councillors and employees of the KSAC will take to the streets of the Corporate Area to hand out food and refreshments to the homeless.
On Saturday (Dec 19), tribute was paid to produce vendors at the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston, for the tradition of agricultural produce. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton and his wife were special guests on that occasion.
The campaign is co-sponsored by: Scotiabank; Urban Development Corporation (UDC); The Gleaner Company; and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.