It was an unprecedented turn out as would be beneficiaries of the Alice Gombwer Foundation thronged the residence of the Wakili Ungwan Galadima, Kudenda, Nda O. Gambo and queued up as early as 5am to ensure they are not left out of the items doled out.
People of several demographic variables, summed up the hundreds of beneficiaries that received the food items and facemasks distributed.
The Wakilin Ungwan Galadima, Nda O. Gambo in an interview with our correspondent, praised the Foundation for the gesture, describing it as timely.
“I want to thank Mama Alice children and Alice Gombwer Foundation for their kindness and pity for widows, the less privileged for feeding them with various food items.
“I want people to emulate them and assist the poor.
“Ruth and Isaac Foundation did something similar recently, but not this big, Gombwer Foundation should keep it up,” he said.
Fielding questions from our correspondent, chairman board of trustees Alice Gombwer Foundation, Joseph Paul Gombwer said they had to empty the foundation’s purse to carry out the act of Charity
“In the spirit of the Lockdown and COVID-19, we discovered many could not take care of themselves because they survive on daily income.
“Without intervention, they could experience a crisis worse than the pandemic itself, so we decided to come in.
“In terms of monetary value, prices of foodstuff were high so we spent more than we anticipated in purchasing items distrbuted because of skyrocketing prices of commodities,” he said.
It was observed that prior to the presentation of the items to the beneficiaries, they were educated on how to prevent themselves from the virus.
Our correspondent also reported that Social distancing was observed during the sharing of the food items.
The items distributed included bags of rice, spaghetti, macaroni, noodles, sugar, garri, beans, and facemasks.
Fielding questions from our correspondent, a beneficiary, Mrs Rahmatu Ahmed said that God has put food on their table through the foundation.
” I sincerely appreciate this foundation for putting food on our table today.
“We have been hearing of government’s palliatives but have not seen any. Alice Gombwer Foundation is God sent.
“We were made to understand that today makes it exactly two years that they (The Gombwer’s family) lost their daddy in person of late Mr Paul Gombwer. I pray that God will continue to grant his soul eternal rest.
“My prayer for the foundation is that may God continue to bless them and raise helpers for them,” she said.
Also speaking, a widow, Victoria Ibrahim said that what she fears most presently is hunger.
“I am a widow. My husband left me with four children. It has not been easy since this lockdown started, hunger is more closer than CoronaVirus and we are more scared of being killed by hunger than CoronaVirus.
“Alice Gombwer Foundation is God sent to us, nobody has ever given us very rich palliative like this, imagine I have garri, beans, spaghetti, rice, noodles and salt.
“Today is Christmas for me and my children. God bless the foundation,” she said.