August is the month of charities for a few generous Trelawny-born persons living abroad. Each year, their charitable activities coincide with our country’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations. This is when most Jamaicans return home.
Last week, we looked at one person who gave to newborns. Now, we will look at another giving to children and teens.
Evelin White-Watt was born and raised in Falmouth but migrated to the United States. Since 2008, she has been returning to the island each summer to donate school supplies from pre-school aged kids to teens in high school/college.
In 2008, the gifting began in Hague Methodist Church. This year, for the first time, it has expanded to include the main church, Hague Methodist Church in Falmouth.
While living in Falmouth,Evelin attended the St Joseph’s Catholic Church, but she now attends the St.Paul’s Methodist Church in New York; however, this is her personal charity. As such, the donation was not restricted to children from the church, but also reached several children from the surrounding community.
The gifts included books, pencils, pens, rulers, binders, drink bottles and other school supplies. Approximately 60 children in Falmouth benefited from this charity. Refreshments were also given to all those on hand (parents and children). Members of the Falmouth Methodist Church assisted in the organisation and distribution of refreshments and gifts.