Editorial for 30 November: Remember those in need

We are entering the season of merriment, well wishes and a
general feeling of good toward our fellow man.

It’s unfortunate that the aura of Christmas can’t be with us

And it’s unfortunate that there are those among us who are
entering this festive season with hardships and misfortune.

An unfortunate fire in East End has left the Rev. Marquis
McLaughlin homeless and without his favoured pet of 17 years – a calico cat
named Sheila.

Besides losing his beloved pet, Mr. McLaughlin lost many of
his prized earthly possessions, including transcripts from his first book,
antique books and coins, which are more than 100 years old, that his
grandfather gave him.

And while Mr. McLaughlin is pragmatically dealing with his
losses, he paraphrased Job 1:21 – “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

While the material things of this world and well-loved pets
come and go, we need to help Mr. McLaughlin and others in our community who
find themselves in times of need – now and throughout the year.

Two East End stalwarts were there to lend a hand of
friendship to Mr. McLaughlin Wednesday afternoon – McFarlane Conolly and
Delmeria Bodden.

They both have appealed to East End residents and those of
us throughout Grand Cayman to rally around Mr. McLaughlin in his time of need.

Mr. McLaughlin has reached many people who live in the
Cayman Islands during his 60 years on Earth. He served as a notary public and
justice of the peace, as well as working in government in various capacities.

If you can find a way to help him, please do.

And in this season of love and giving, remember those who
are less fortunate and could use help, assistance or just a kind word.

Tomorrow is the first day of December, which means Christmas
is a mere 25 days away.

Please keep a place in your heart for those among us who
find themselves in need this season.


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