CROSS RIVER State wing of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and the Queen Priest Foundation have distributed food items, clothes and toiletries to less- privileged children and widows in the state.
They made the donation on Valentine’s Day to some Internally Displaced Persons of Bakassi still living at Ikot Eyo in Akpabuyo Council of the state. NAWOJ Chairman, Mrs. Umoh Bassey, said the association decided to collaborate with the foundation to show love to the less privileged, mostly children and widows, who lost their Bakassi homes few years ago to Cameroon.
She said most people do not really understand what love meant and that as journalists, members of NAWOJ would enlighten the world by setting the pace in sharing love with the less- privileged and not just with family members and friends.
“Valentine’s Day is all about, love but to who do you show love? Do you restrict it to your family members or lovers? You have to extend it to the people that really need the love, children who have no food, widows who don’t have food to give their children or girls who do not have clothes.
“So, NAWOJ in Cross River State decided to come to a rural community in the state to show love to these people who are really in need of love and support them with what we have.
Bassey urged stakeholders in the state to assist the poor who cannot afford food, adding: “The children need your help, people should rise up and see what they can do for the children, every privileged person should see it as a responsibility we owe society by putting smiles on the faces of others.”
On her part, Founder of Queen Priest Foundation also known as Love A Child Foundation, Apostle Stella Achibong, said she decided to spend this year’s Valentine’s Day with the children because members of society who should be responsible for providing them a bright future have abandoned most of them.
“I feel good that I can touch the lives of the children. I feel fulfilled and am happy. We chose Ikot Eyo in Akpabuyo because a lot of displaced persons in Bakassi are still living here, some of them do not have houses. They don’t experience the love that they deserve, so I decided to come here to share this significant day with them,” she said.
Archibong, who urged others to share love with those in the rural areas, said love motivated her to do what she did, especially as she knew what it meant to experience lack.
Among other beneficiaries, Mrs. Lucky Ogbonna said: “I was happy when I heard you people are coming, I was just coming from church and decided to run down and benefit from these gifts you brought to us. I say thank you to the foundation that brought this joy to us.”