Residents at the Port Antonio Infirmary in Portland on Wednesday received a special pre-Christmas treat from pharmaceutical distributors Cari-Med, who also presented them with a variety of gifts.
Branch development manager of Cari-Med, Geta-Mae O'Sullivan, said the company was committed to assist residents of the infirmary, whom she said were often forgotten by the society.
"We had to do this. This concept is probably one of the best things that Cari-Med has committed to amid the harsh economic reality," said O'Sullivan.
"The Cari-Med team handed over a variety of gifts including toothpaste, electric irons, ironing boards, bleach, and toiletries to matron of the infirmary, Sharon Burke, and mayor of Port Antonio, Floyd Patterson.
Patterson commended Cari-Med for the warm gesture, which, according to him, came at a time when most companies were struggling to balance their books.
"Once again, you have denied self, and have focused on the poor ... . Today our men and women at this humble facility are remembered, and for that we must laud and appreciate the effort. The true meaning of Christmas has come to the Port Antonio Infirmary."
The residents, including Carol Johnson, who is physically challenged, and Alvin Parkes, who is visually impaired, did gospel renditions.
Approximately 70 inmates are housed at the Port Antonio Infirmary.
Originally published Dec 18, 2010 in The Jamaica Gleaner