This story was written by Amy and Chandler Greenwood. They were both on our trip to Harmons, Jamaica last week. I asked them to share what they experienced at the infirmary as we handed out bags to the residents. For more on our visit, read here.
As we were walking from the women’s side of the infirmary to the men’s side, we stopped where we came in and talked to an elderly man. We saw that he didn’t have a bag made by Crossing Kids filled with goodies.
After talking with one of the nurses, we found out that this man had been dropped off there by the police because they found him wandering and he didn’t know where he lived. The nurses had already cleaned him up and they were waiting to hear from the police with news about who he was. He couldn’t communicate with anyone so no one knew his name.
When we asked him if he would like a bag filled with goodies, he gave us a huge smile and shook his head, “yes.” When he looked in the bag, the first thing he took out (very excitedly) was the toothbrush and toothpaste. He quickly tried to open both of them, but realized he was not going to be able to open them by himself. The nurse and I opened them and she put the toothpaste on the toothbrush and he immediately put it in his mouth and started brushing.
It was a little difficult for him to brush while smiling but he definitely loved brushing his teeth. So much that 20 minutes later we walked back by him and he was just finishing brushing his teeth.
We found out later that the police found his family and came to pick him up. But God had a plan on that day for this man to be at the infirmary and we just happened to have an extra bag for him. It was a reminder that God is in control of all things. This man was blessed that day by his new toothbrush and we were blessed in giving it to him.