Although traveling around the world is, as it should be, viewed as a thrilling experience, we must not forget about those who are less fortunate than us. Especially the fact that those people may be less than five minutes away from areas we view as paradise.
Speaking from personal experience, whenever I visit Jamaica I look at the time spent there as a couple of days to give back to my family, who is living in uncomfortable circumstances on the island’s country side. My mother and I pack barrels full of women and men’s garments to help out the ones we love. Seeing the grateful look on all the villagers’ faces makes all of the slaving over mountains of clothing worth my while.
By all means, I am not insinuating that it is an unjust thing to go to an island for the relaxation. I am more so writing to spread awareness. Many people are aware of the high poverty rates throughout the world but do not realize how simple it can be to try to ease the situation. Approach it like this: while you pack your suitcase for your island getaway, use the time as a “spring cleaning” opportunity. Any clothes you are not interested in anymore can be put in a barrel and brought with you to the airport. If you feel that is too much of a hassle, they can also be shipped to an area of your choosing.
Giving back is made simple with these steps and tips for barrel packaging and sending made by sweetjamaica.co.uk.