Following a fire last Friday (August 9) which gutted a section of the Jamaica National Children’s Home, in St. Andrew, wards and staffers are still in need of help to get back on their feet.
The fire destroyed the dormitory area of the home forcing the 41 children and 7 caregivers, who all escaped injury, to relocate.
Since then corporate and private citizens have pledged support towards relief efforts.
The Child Protection and Family Services Agency, CPFSA, while expressing thanks for the donations and overwhelming support so far, says there is still need for key items.
It says among the items needed are clothing and undergarments for both boys and girls, personal care items, drinking water, bed linen, laundry detergent, toiletries-especially bath soap and disposable utensils.
Persons wishing to assist, may make donations to the Jamaica National Children’s Home, located off Gordon Town Road, St. Andrew.
They can also make cash donations to the Jamaica National Children’s Home, Bank of Nova Scotia Liguanea savings account- 720441.
The agency adds that persons or companies interested in contributing to rebuilding efforts may contact them.
Meanwhile, Operations Officer for the Kingston and St. Andrew Division of the Fire Brigade, Senior Deputy Superintendent, Patrick Gooden says the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
He however notes that the estimated cost in damage is 200 million dollars.