BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA—FormerPresidential Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Joy Emodi, has feted about 150 widows and motherless babies in Anambra State, as part of her annual Christmas celebration with the less privileged.
The event, which is implemented yearly by Joy Emodi Foundation, JEF, saw the beneficiaries receive food items, including bags of rice, noodles, biscuits, toiletries, wrappers and cash to enable the women start small scale businesses.
The beneficiaries were the Nigeria Red Cross Motherless Babies Home and the Onitsha South Local Government Motherless Babies Home, both in the heart of Onitsha, as well as widows that were drawn from all the local government areas that make up Anambra North senatorial zone.
Emodi said she established the Foundation many years ago to assist those who do not have people to help them at this period of Christmas and promised to continue with the programme.
She urged wealthy Nigerians to come to the aid of the less privileged in the society, noting that government alone cannot cater for their needs all the time.
She said: “There are many people in Anambra State who are richer than the government and such people should always remember those who are in need.
“These widows have nobody to take care of their needs, especially at periods like Christmas and the only way they can be made happy is through our collective efforts by providing them with clothes, food and means of sustaining themselves.”
One of the widows, Mrs. Gloria Offiah, commended Emodi for coming to their aide every Christmas, noting that since she began the programme many years ago, they always looked forward to celebrating the Christmas with her.
She also stated that the money given to her by the senator had enabled her to meet her daily financial needs through the small business she was able to establish with the money she received from her two years ago.