By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) has donated assorted gift items to the elderly in Lagos, as part of efforts to share love with them.
It also called on Nigerians of goodwill to reach out to old people’s homes to share love with them.
CRAN is a group of Journalists drawn from various media organisations across the country, assigned to cover the crime beat.
The items donated include a brand new table top refrigerator, toiletries, one bag 50kg of foreign parboiled rice, two bags of semolina, two bags of wheat, two cartons of cabin biscuits, two packs of three crowns tin milk, one bucket of Checkers custard, two 2kg of Sunlight detergent, five packs of bottle water, one carton of cornflakes, one carton of Dangote macaroni, three packs of toilet rolls, one bottle of 4.5litres of Sunola oil, four rolls of bathing soaps,two fabrics of 6yards of Ankara, 10 crates of eggs, two cartons of income noodles among others.
Its President, Mr Sunday Odita, who led other members on a visit to the Lagos State Old People’s Home at Sabo-Yaba, Lagos for the donation, said such gesture could give the happiness the senior citizens needed at the twilight of their lives.
“It is expedient to add positively to the efforts being made by our able Association towards assisting the senior citizens, hence the reason for contributing our token to the wellbeing of our aged citizens,” Odita said during the visit on Wednesday.
Furthermore, Odita stated that ” Old people in the society face a myriad of problems including hunger, health problems, lack of financial succor to keep body and soul together and lack of decent accommodation to complete neglect by the state. But CRAN have taken the challenge to give the aged a better deal by donating a brand new table top refrigerator, toiletries, One (1) bag 50kg of foreign parboiled rice, Two (2) bags of semolina, Two (2) bags of wheat, Two (2) cartons of cabin biscuits, Two (2) packs of three crowns tin milk, One (1) bucket of Checkers custard, Two (2) 2kg of Sunlight detergent, five (5) packs of bottle water, One (1) carton of cornflakes, One (1) carton Dangote macaroni, Three (3) packs of toilet rolls, One (1) bottle of 4.5litres of Sunola oil, Four (4) rolls of bathing soaps, Two fabrics of 6yards of Ankara, Ten (10) crates of eggs, Two (2) cartons of income noodles among others, to the home”.
Odita added that giving back to the elderly people should be a best way of living as we all pray to live and grow old”
The home’s social welfare Officer, Mr. Jide, while receiving the materials, thanked the group for the visit.
According to source, the home has 32 aged people at present, and also accommodates two categories of residents; the homeless and those brought in by their relatives, many have died of frustration and hardship as a result of lack of care from their children, relatives, neighbours and friends.
“Thank God for todays and how we were able to come here with these items, it was a wonderful experience and great opportunity to give back to the elderly in our own little way.
“I sincerely appreciate all who supported this visit, both in gifts and cash, our greatest achievement is that the the care givers are happy to received and felt that sense of belonging,” he said.
“You must carry love along, show it and let it be seen in you because it generates peace, harmony in the family and society at large”