About 400 Jamaican seasonal farm workers at Gebbers Farms have donated to a retirement home in their homeland.
The contribution, about $2,600, went to a gardening program at the Golden Age Home in Kingston, Jamaica.
Chelan Fresh Marketing Director Mac Riggan said in a news release that the workers were “never asked for this donation but simply took it upon themselves to do it.” Chelan Fresh is the marketing and sales arm for the fruit cooperative that includes Gebbers Farms, and Riggan said the Feb. 11 check presentation of the check illustrated the cooperation and goodwill between the two countries.
“This whole gesture was made possible by the working conditions provided by Gebbers Farms,” Riggan said.
Derrick Kellier, Jamaican minister of labor and social security, took part in the check presentation.
“This is a time of enormous challenges for our country,” Kellier said in the news release. “We exist in a very tight fiscal space, and in times like these, gestures of kindness and philanthropy towards the less fortunate and the very vulnerable among us take on profound significance."