JPS Brightens the New Year for Winners of its Be The Light Social Media Campaign

Rayon is beyond words as he receives his cheque for two hundred and fifty thousand dollars towards his medical expenses. He was nominated in the #JPSBeTheLight Social Media Competition by his mother Melodie (right). Also sharing in the joy is JPS Region West Director T’Shura Gibbs (left) and JPS President and CEO Kelly Tomblin (second left)

Several families will have a great start to the New Year, thanks to JPS’ Social Media Be The Light Campaign. A young university student with a life-threatening medical condition; a single father of four; an elderly man with no family; and a caring aunt who looks after her deceased sister’s children as well as other members of her community, will all receive support from JPS, as part of the Be The Light campaign.

In keeping with the aim of getting persons to help spread the joy of the season, the Christmas edition of #JPSBeTheLight invited JPS customers to nominate someone in need of assistance. The campaign, which was launched on December 9, received close to 100 very touching submissions from individuals, charities and community organizations.

The most touching story came from the winner, Melodie, who nominated her son, Rayon – a promising 19 year old University student who has had a difficult life because of his ailing health. His condition, which was diagnosed a few weeks after his birth, required frequent trips from St James to hospitals in Kingston. The situation was recently compounded by a diagnosis of cancer. This, plus mounting medical bills and the pressure on his mother to provide the basic necessities, has dampened Rayon’s usually happy spirit. The surprise gift of $250,000 towards his medical bills from #JPSBeTheLight brought a smile to Rayon’s face, and gave him hope for a bright 2017!

Though the giveaway was originally aimed at awarding one person, because of the large number of touching stories received, JPS decided to spread the light even further by donating another $250,000 to three additional recipients. A very caring aunt who takes care of her deceased sister’s three children, her ailing mother and the elderly in her community, will receive groceries as well as support to start a small business. A devoted single father of four children who has now fallen on hard times, will receive groceries and book vouchers for the children, as well as assistance to revive his small business. In addition, an elderly man who lives alone will receive a new refrigerator to preserve his medication, as well as grocery items.

SOURCE: Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd