Giving back to Barbados

Kathy Elliott (second left) assists in the distribution of packages.

Kathy Elliott return home from New York late last week with one thing on her mind — to give back to the place of her birth.

The Brooklyn-based author, motivational speaker and worker in the health sector distributed scores of back-to-school packages at the Newbury, St. George Church of the Nazarene yesterday. This was after she preached a fiery sermon on “breaking down the walls” to success.

Elliott told Barbados TODAY she was the president of the Women’s Motivation Service in Brooklyn, which is known for distributing back-to-school hampers there each year. This year, however, she decided it was time to give tangibly to the country and community which had given so much to her.

Remember roots

“You have to remember where you are from, your roots,” she said. “The recession is affecting everyone in some way, but you have always to keep in mind that if you are in a position to help someone else who is not as fortunate as you are, then you should. And that is why I came to Barbados.”

The author of Success: A Handbook for Teens and Young Adults, noted that she grew up in the Newbury community and worship at the same Church of the Nazarene and believed that the packages that included books, pens, pencils, erasers and glue, each in its own school bag, would be of benefit to the 85 students.

Elliott said she left Barbados when she was 18 years old and had experienced enough hardship, including being on welfare, a broken marriage and wayward children, to know what it is to be down and out.

The 39 year old ordained minister said that in addition to sharing the school supplies, her purpose was to motivate Barbadians to see beyond their current difficulties to a day of victory. (RRM)

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