A U.S.-based philanthropist, Dr Felix Ugwu, has donated palliative items to the inmates of the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Elderly in Awkunanaw in Enugu.
Ugwu, who is a Management Consultant, made the donation on Sunday to mark his birthday anniversary.
According to him, there is no better way to give back to the society than to assist the indigents.
“This is the first time that I am marking my birthday in Nigeria. So, I decided to spend the time here in order to dine with the inmates.
“I delivered a few of the items they needed in line with the state government’s protocol of sharing with the poor,” he said.
Ugwu urged well-placed Nigerians to always render helping hands to people that were economically down.
Responding, the Sister-in-Charge of the Home, Ellen Creed, said that the celebrator provided the Sunday lunch of the 50 inmates as well as other items including diapers.
Creed said that the gesture had lifted much burden off their shoulders as the facility depended on the benevolence of members of the public.
She said that it had been difficult to take care of the inmates since the lockdown began as their benefactors had been few and far in-between.
She said that considering the age range of the inmates which was between 65 years and 100 years, “we need more of diapers and food items to take care of them”.
Creed said that food items needed include semovita, wheat, vegetable oil, red oil, tomatoes, onions, crayfish, including disinfectants and detergents.
“We are beginning to have visitors now that the lockdown has been eased,” she said.
Creed said that all the inmates were doing well and observing the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) safety protocols against the coronavirus pandemic.