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An unusual but well-needed Christmas gift

Monday, December 23, 2013    

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HIGHGATE, St Mary - Located high in the hills of Carron Hall, St Mary it has always been a challenge for the Pringle Children's Home to properly dispose of its waste. Trucks picking up garbage always found it difficult to traverse the roadway and so the facility had to get its garbage to the nearest point for the weekly pick-up.

This resulted in the home having to wait until the day of the pickup and try to get its waste to the nearest point. That was always a struggle as they would often miss the truck and being stuck with their garbage until the next scheduled pick-up.

But after years of struggling to properly dispose of its waste, the Pringle Children's Home staff can breathe a sigh of relief over the festive season as they now have a garbage receptacle.

The St Mary Chapter of the Jamaica Civil Service Association handed over a newly built garbage receptacle to the home last Friday.

According to Charmaine Clarke, chairman of the St Mary Chapter of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, the organisation tried to address the most urgent concern of the home, which now houses more than 20 children.

"We wanted to eliminate that (lack of proper garbage disposal) so that they can have a safe environment," she told the Jamaica Observer North East.

She explained that the newly built receptacle was constructed to keep out rodents and animals such as dogs.

The building of the receptacle is a part of association's yearly outreach programme, Clarke explained.

"It has been a long road, but through perseverance," she added.

Clarke said she would like to see more entities getting involved in community outreach programmes.

"It is a pleasure that we were able to see this through and have it donated to Pringle Home," Sharon Anderson, monitoring officer with the association said, as she addressed the group which was on hand to witness the handing over.

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association O'Neil Grant, who expressed pleasure at the work done by the St Mary chapter for the home, said it was good for civil servants to give back to society.

"We want to ensure that communities benefit from the altruism of civil servants," he said.

Grant also encouraged the children and staff and the home to ensure that the facility is kept in good condition.

Administrator of the Pringle Children's Home Claudette Mitchell was ecstatic about the donation.

"We all know how important it is to dispose of our garbage properly," she said, in explaining the difficulty the home has always experienced in disposing its garbage. "I am really happy because most people don't want to do a project like a garbage unit," Mitchell said.

"On behalf of the Pringle Home, we wish to say thank you for this project. It comes at a good time. We are truly happy and thankful," she added.

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