Renovation rejoice

Feb 27, 2013

Kiwanis Club with Mr. Grier

Two Jamaican service clubs are repaying a retired shoemaker for his service to his community.

Interest in helping someone in desperate need led the Kiwanis Club of Moneague to Hubert Grier, a lifelong resident of the Steerfield, St. Ann community who sustained a physical disability from a motor vehicle accident 10 years ago. Upon visiting the 87 year old man's home, the Kiwanians found a leaking roof, no kitchen or bathroom facilities and an apartment covered with shrubbery.

With a membership that includes hardware merchants, a contractor, carpenter and interior decorator, the Kiwanis club joined forces and wallets with the Optimist Club of Golden Grove. In 24 hours, the team repaired Grier’s roof, constructed a temporary kitchen with a stove, trimmed the shrubbery around the house and provided him with a new bed. They also treated him to a makeover, giving him a bath, shaping his nails and cutting his hair.

Although first reluctant to see strangers enter his home, Grier was overwhelmed upon seeing what they accomplished. “He sat on his new bed looking all around with a smile on his face and saying thanks repeatedly,” says past club president Donna Coombs.

The service groups plan to regularly visit him with food and clothing. They also aim to obtain a more comfortable home with a bathroom for Grier from a Jamaican charity.  –Courtney Meyer

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