Port Harcourt - An NGO, Nice Esther Alamieyeseigha Rescue Initiative (NEARI), on Tuesday donated bags of rice, wheel chairs, crutches and eye glasses to 500 widows, youths, the less privileged and people with physical disabilities in Rivers.
The items were donated to the beneficiaries in Isiokpo community, Ikwerre local government area of Rivers.
Nice Alamieyeseigha, wife of late Rivers state governor, Dieprieye Alamieyeseigha is the founder of the NGO.
The organisation, in collaboration with Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC), also donated two bungalows to accommodate some widows faced with the challenges of accommodation.
Mrs Alamieyeseigha said the gesture was borne out of the need to provide succour to the less privileged in the society to enable them celebrate Christmas and New Year joyfully.
"Charity is not limited to one person or few organisations; it should be embraced by all who appreciate the love our Lord Jesus has shown to the world.
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"Often times, the less privileged are not given the attention they deserve considering the role and importance they play in the society.
"This initiative is designed to give them that sense of belonging; it is important to let them know that they are appreciated in spite of their current situations," she said.
Alamieyeseigha said that the NGO was also funding scholarship programme for some law students of Rivers State University of Science and Technology RSUST.
While thanking NDDC and other partners for their support, Alamieyeseigha called on both the federal and state governments as well as public-spirited individuals to aid of the organization.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Loveth Igwe, a widow, said that the NGO had brought smiles and meaning to her life.
She said that ever since she lost her husband in 2007, life had been difficult for her, especially with six children to cater for.
"The gift will keep my children and I going for the time being; it will enable us celebrate the yuletide joyfully," she said.