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Christmas ‘the best’ for family


DAVANDRA BABB

Christmas ‘the best’ for family

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This Christmas was a splendid one for Althea Hinds and her five grandchildren.

Two years ago on Christmas Eve, Hinds’ son Alliston Greaves was accused of killing his girlfriend Callie-Ann Gill and mother of their six children at Niles Road, Farm Road, St Peter. He has since been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds.

Hinds, 65, a retiree, has been the sole breadwinner and caretaker for the children. Things have been a bit rocky since then, but she told the Sunday Sun this Christmas was the ‘‘best one ever’’.

“Christmas was splendid. Really wonderful. It was the best ever. I didn’t have to bake because we got lots of cake. I cooked and the children ate and rejoiced. They really had a ball. They enjoyed Christmas,” she said.

The greatest gift of all though, came in the form of a brand new fully furnished four bedroom one bathroom house at Maycocks, St Lucy, which the family of six could now call their very own. Her previous home was in a dilapidated state and in need of dire repair.

“We got this house Wednesday last week. It was a really early and blessed Christmas present this year. They told me I can stay here for as long as I like. It’s a church property and it has four bedrooms. Everyone is comfortable. We had a very happy Christmas. Everything to do with Christmas was here. They had a tree, gifts, drinks, snacks and still have. Most of all they were surrounded by love,” the thankful grandmother said.

Hours after their mother was killed, the Child Care Board removed the four-month-old baby from the house, but Hinds said he was now two years old and had been living with an aunt in Crab Hill since September.

Before Christmas, Hinds was taken shopping by the charity Robinson Smiles and Hope Inc., which donated US$500 in groceries. Popular Discounts also donated $200.

“Robinson Smiles and Hope Inc., made a commitment to Ms Hinds two years ago to assist her and the children until they are young adults and we are honouring that promise. We are aware of how difficult things are in Barbados and we wanted to make sure the children weren’t lacking for anything,” Julia Robinson said.

Hinds said the children were doing better at school.

“They are coping well even with mummy not here. We are doing great. They are doing great at school. They are doing great work. They gave me a surprise in their reports, all were nice and good. I didn’t have to fret with them at all about the reports. The children don’t have late or absent days for the time that I was in control of them,” she added.

Hinds thanked everyone for their constant support, stressing that she would not have made it without the help of many others.

“So much people to thank. I thank all who assisted. I’m grateful and thankful for it all because without the help and the grace of God nothing would have been done.” (DB)

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