A US-based charity organization, “Azuka and Ify Foundation” has distributed food items and other consumables to some needy in the Nigerian society.
The Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Dr Victor Azuka Ubani, said the gesture which has become an annual event, is in keeping with the spirit of the season, saying “the birth of Christ signifies love and presentation of gifts”.
The items distributed include bags of rice, cartons of beverages, detergents, toiletries, and fabrics, among others.
While the beneficiaries were inmates of select orphanages, physically challenged persons, and widows, drawn from communities in Lagos, Delta, and Anambra states as well as FCT, Abuja.
The distributions of the items were done by representatives of the foundation at the various benefiting communities across the states, including Abraka, Obiaruku, Igbodo, and Boji Boji in Delta State.
In some of the places, the beneficiaries were brought under one roof for a get-together, that featured dancing competitions, quizzes, riddles, and jokes, where prizes were won to commemorate the charitable initiative.
In his goodwill message, Dr Victor Ubani, who hails from Igbodo in Ika North East local government area of Delta State, said the spread across the country was in line with the policy of the non-government organization.
He noted that the Christmas period is a season of love and almsgiving, emphasizing that the distributions of the food items and the other consumables were part of efforts by the non-governmental organization to put smiles on the faces of others.
Dr Ubani stressed that Azuka and Ify Foundation strongly believe that every child should have the opportunity to a good living, hence its attention on those at the orphanages.
He stated that the foundation is also concerned over the welfare and wellbeing of the widows and the physically challenged in society, promising that the foundation will always reach out to them at any given opportunity.
The CEO paid glowing tributes to his wife, Dr (Mrs) Joy Ubani for her commitment towards child education, disclosing that many indigent children have been enrolled in the scholarship scheme of the foundation.
Dr Ubani expressed optimism that more people would benefit from the programs of the foundation in 2021, even as he disclosed that its intervention in some communities during the Covid 19 lockdown in Nigeria was widely acknowledged and commended.
He thanked the representatives of the Azuka and Ify Foundation in Nigeria for their commitment to the charity work.
Some beneficiaries who spoke commended the Azuka and Ify Foundation for the donated items, stressing that the gesture has added value to their Christmas and New Year celebrations.
“This service is just an eye-opener that many people are hungry. Do u know the widows prayed and prayed for you and your family and also for us who represented you? They were so happy and started singing and dancing for us. We danced with them too”, said a representative of the foundation.
The distribution exercise continues.