Mr. Scrooge lives on in Jamaica Customs officers! One of our friars , Friar Michael Heine, who is a missionary in Jamaica was here last week to visit and raise some money for the important ministry of the friars. Our mission there includes 4 churches, several schools (with some 1500 children) and a medical clinic. One of the things Friar Mike mentioned was the need for small prizes for the children’s Boxing Day celebration. He was hoping to pick some up at the “dollar store”. Several parishioners gave him enough money to take care of youngest children. Mike and I went to Dollorama and got 128 small gifts at $1 each. That’s a total of $128.
When Friar Mike arrived in Jamaica, his bags were still in Toronto! Air Jamaica left them behind because there was too much baggage on the place. When his luggage did arrive Jamaican Customs charged him $50 US because he was importing new toys for children. The fact that they were gifts from our parishioners for the children made no difference. That’s $50 US for $128 CDN worth of dollar store toys.
Shame on the Jamaican Government for such a shameless money grab at the expense of its people’s children!