No fewer than three hundred indigent persons across various religions have received food items and cash gift from the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor.
Items distributed were raw bags of rice, noodles, plantain, cartons of biscuit, cloths and cooked food among others.
The event, aimed at supporting the beneficiaries celebrate the Christmas, took place at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka.
Distributing the items, Bishop Ezeokafor noted that the annual activity is usually done on a holiday Saturday before Easter but due to the devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic it was not possible.
He urged affluent individuals in the society to use their God’s given wealth to assist the needy no matter how little.
Bishop Ezeokafor in a special prayer for the Nigerian nation, advised everyone to strictly adhere to all COVID-19 protocols by the WHO to prevent the escalation of the virus.
Mr. Mac-Junior Onyejekwu in charge of Awka Caritas assured equitable distribution of the palliatives to the indigents persons and thanked the Prelate for his philanthropic disposition.
Some of the beneficiaries, including a widow, Mrs. Rabiu Ali from Nassarawa State and Mrs. Nneka Ezeome, expressed happiness and showered encomiums on the Bishop, praying God to bless him abundantly.