Reach Dem JA came into contact, with Josephine Heron on 7 March 2017.
The meeting was a casual connection in the street, whereby Ms Heron jokingly asked a Reach Dem JA member for her dress. The RDJA member said if she had had another dress with her she would have gladly given it to her, Ms Heron was extremely happy to know that a complete stranger would give her the dress off her back. The two began to talk and Ms Heron began to explain that she had been homeless some years ago and that for 25 years she shared whatever she had with homeless people.
We were amazed because this woman was 66 years old who hardly had enough food or money for herself. She said worked as a volunteer for the Salvation Army and part time in a shelter. When she asked us for lunch we were more than happy to oblige. The following week the RDJA team member returned with the dress for Ms Heron, she was in a state of unbelief because she did not think that the member would have returned one and secondly, that she would have been given this gift. Reach Dem gave her a donation and said that they would keep in touch with her. Since then Ms Heron has become a Reach Dem volunteer member, handing out prayer cards and flyers for Reach Dem in the Half Way Tree Area, in Kingston.
In 2012, Ms Heron was given a home of her own from the charity Food for the Poor, so she was no longer homeless but she still continued to go on the streets and speak with those people who were still homeless, spreading her cheer, as she volunteers for the Salvation Army.
Ms Heron’s heroinism and acts of kindness in the streets of Kingston serves to prove to the world a person does not need much to Reach Dem.
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