Accommodation

The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites

Project #1

The Alpha Boy’s School/Home is the Courtleigh Hotel & Suites’ charity partner. Children are assigned to the home by the Child Development Agency when it is determined that they need the services of the family court system.

Founded in 1880, the Alpha Boy’s School/Home has been administered since 1890 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, a catholic order of nuns. The Alpha Boy’s School/Home currently has 100 children from ages 8 through 18 years old.

It offers vocational training in agriculture, music, tailoring, wood working, and screen printing. Of the vocations taught at the home, music has been the most prolific.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries

Flash Cards:
(English) Math and Word

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math

Computer Hardware/Software:
Working Laptops

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and New Underwear

Linens:
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, and Linen Sets

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Multivitamin Tablets, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder

Project #2

Missionaries of the Poor was started in 1981 in Jamaica. Led by Father Richard Ho Lung and a group of Brothers, they began their work in a government-run house for the homeless, the destitute, and the aged. They were successful in opening the consciousness of the public to the needs and struggles of the poor.

They continued their outreach by also working with
prisoners, helping bring to light the need for the rehabilitation of prisoners instead of the mere isolation of them.

The community thus began with two successful projects in its early years.

Needs

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons

Clothing/Shoes:
New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear

Linens:
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, and Linen Sets

Kitchen:
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, and Serving Spoons

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Project #3

The Open Arms Drop-In Center is a non-governmental organization that seeks to play an integral role in the eradication of homelessness. To accomplish this, the center cares for the homeless in a loving atmosphere.

Established in November 2006, they operate a day center for both male and female homeless adults. While the center has some basic facilities to house a few individuals at a time, they also additionally take in a lot of people off of the street on a daily basis.

These homeless individuals are fed, offered a bath and haircut, and are taught basic farming, hair dressing, and office skills.

Needs

Art Supplies:
Fabric Scissors, Knitting Needles, Needles, and Thread

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons

Clothing/Shoes:
New Bras and New Underwear

Linens:
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, and Linen Sets

Kitchen:
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Platers, Pots, and Serving Spoons

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Project #4

The Marie Atkins Shelter in downtown Kingston is run by the Poor Relief Department. It provides solace for over 100 men and women each night.

The Poor Relief Department states that at least half of the hundreds who roam Kingston’s streets in the day and sleep wherever they can in the night are mentally stable. While most just cannot afford to pay their rent, some are drug addicts and/or deportees. Others are victims of natural disasters, such as fires or hurricanes, that prevent them from returning to their homes.

Needs

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons

Clothing:
New Bras and New Underwear

Linens:
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, and Linen Sets

Kitchen:
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Project #5

Food For the Poor (FFP): Jamaica is the largest charity organization in Jamaica. Food For the Poor, Inc., located in Florida, U.S.A., is the largest international relief and development organization in the United States. It is an interdenominational organization that assists the poor in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.

FFP partners with a number of stakeholders, including: churches, non-governmental and private sector organizations, children’s homes, and service organizations throughout the island that deal directly with the poor to fill their most urgent needs and to encourage self-sufficiency.

Our goal is to improve the health, economic, social, and spiritual conditions of the men, women, and children we serve through emergency relief aid and ministries by providing them with housing, food, medical care, water, sanitation, education, agriculture, outreach, and micro-enterprise.

Needs

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet

Wall Charts:
(English) Language, Math, and Science

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Language/Grammar, and Math

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Jump Ropes and Soccer Balls

Linens:
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, and Linen Sets

Health/Personal Grooming:
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 30, 2016

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.