A donation of incontinence pads and X-ray detectable nonwoven swabs (gauze pads) was directed through our NGO partner Food For The Poor, and distributed variously in Guatemala, Jamaica and elsewhere. One recipient was The Hope Hospice in Montego Bay, Jamaica, which provides 24-hour care to the elderly and those with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, amputations and spinal cord injuries.

“These pads are one of our greatest needs,” manager Angela Graham explained. “Many of our residents suffer from incontinence, and some women don’t like to use the diapers we can provide. They were so pleased when we received this donation, as it restored a bit of dignity they felt they had lost. We are extremely grateful. What a blessing this donation has been.”

Denise Henry, a special projects coordinator for a church in Portsmouth, St. Catherine, decided to organise a health fair so that people could take away the supplies they needed. “The needs of residents are great, but our people are filled with pride and - although they are in need – many will not ask for help. I am glad we were able to reach out to them: we had more than 40 attendees who received personal care items. The incontinence pads were perfect in this regard. One pack was shared among four females, and all who received them were very appreciative of the donation.”