Mourning family gets a hand

The family of a 27-year-old woman who apparently died in her sleep last month got some much needed food and toiletries as the Barbados TODAY Touch Team extended a hand of assistance today.

Melissa Eastmond died suddenly late last month and left behind three young children.
Melissa Eastmond died suddenly late last month and left behind three young children.

The team visited the Work Hall, St Philip home where two-year-old twin boys Jaylen and Jayden and nine-month-old Jelissa live with their grandmother, Cora, who is taking care of them since their mother Melissa Eastmond died on July 27.

The Barbados TODAY touch team making it’s way to Melissa Eastmond’s home at Work Hall, St Philip to present her children with gifts.
The Barbados TODAY touch team making it’s way to Melissa Eastmond’s home at Work Hall, St Philip to present her children with gifts.
Cora Eastmond (left) holding her granddaughter Jelissa as they accept a gift basket from Barbados TODAY’s Creative and Technical Manager Henry Richards (right) as Sales and Marketing Manager David Williams look on.
Cora Eastmond (left) holding her granddaughter Jelissa as they accept a gift basket from Barbados TODAY’s Creative and Technical Manager Henry Richards (right) as Sales and Marketing Manager David Williams look on.
Cora Eastmond and baby Jelissa admiring the goodies in the basket.
Cora Eastmond and baby Jelissa admiring the goodies in the basket.

The young woman had told relatives she was tired and was going to take a rest, but she was later found dead. She was the family’s only breadwinner and her mother said it would be tough raising the grandchildren alone, so she welcomed any assistance from the public.

“When we heard your story we felt compelled to play our part,” Barbados TODAY’s Sales and Marketing Manager David Williams told the grandmother, as she was presented with a gift basket filled with items contributed by Armstrong Agencies and Massy Distribution.

“This could not have been done without the help of the companies that made donations and the Barbados TODAY team.”

Williams explained that every month the programme gave to people in need.

Eastmond is expected to be laid to rest next Monday. 

8 Responses to Mourning family gets a hand

  1. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin August 13, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Very nice to see this. May I have the baby? She is cuter than a speckled puppy.

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  2. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward August 13, 2016 at 1:27 am

    I would never understand why people do this at all, if you going to donate and assist someone why not do it privately instead of sounding a trumpet and bringing the media into it and having it publize. I never liked this, I think its wrong no one doesn’t need to know you helped a family just do it privately.

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    • Coralita August 14, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Sweetheart I used to say the same thing but I was told the following:

      1. If it wasn’t publicised people would not know that there is a cause they need to contribute to.

      2. The public cannot accuse companies of not living up to their social responsibility when they see that they do give back.

      3. Also, those who made donations need to see that what they donated actually went to the cause that was being promoted.

      I can understand the above because if I donated for a cause and never knew that it ended up where it was supposed to go, I would be skeptical about donating to the particular charity again. People will be more inclined to give when they see where it is going. However, those who give one on one should not publicise it.

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  3. Lennox hewitt August 13, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Weill u may be right but there do it for points i no a company does donate to certin places and no one noes only we and who gets it no media .

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  4. nb August 13, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I cant understand y bajans always finding fault of everything even in the outter world when someone does a good deed the media knows about it, if they dont know how can the people that say no one helps would know what this organization has done people need to think before they comment on these articles a good deed was done may God continue to Bless these people so they can help more individuals in need.

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  5. Maria August 13, 2016 at 8:28 am

    As stated before when did we become a negative people? Just be happy that they got some assidtance. For those of you who are complaining, I would like you to offer them assistance without the public eye and media attention.

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    • Coralita August 14, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Bajans are very negative indeed. You see it in blogs, chats and other media daily. They complain about everything under the sun and hardly contribute to anything positive. Barbados is now the nation of complainers.

      I agree with what you said, I actually said the same thing above before I read your blog.

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  6. BoboTheClown August 15, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Well done again. Bajans must be congratulated ,not criticized when they show empathy toward another in these type of unfortunate circumstances. Negativity has no place next to compassion.
    Death leaves a void and a heartache that no man can heal. Love ,thoughtfulness and caring fills a void that no one can steal .
    I am quite sure that the family of the deceased does not harbor the same negative feelings as Asandra.

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