Torrents of praises, prayers as the Knights of Saint Mulumba, Ejigbo Subordinate Council Feed the Hungry Charity Apostolate gave out food items worth millions of naira to the less privileged at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oke Afa area of Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Beneficiaries of the largesse who are mostly women, said that if other groups are doing what the KSM Ejigbo Subordinate Council is doing, the rate of prostitution and corruption would have drastically reduced in the society
The gesture, third of its kind from the beginning of the year 2022, has reached out to about 300 beneficiaries within the Council.
Some of the beneficiaries who are Muslims, other Christian denominations as well as Catholic members, laud the gesture saying the token will go a long way to help families out of hunger for sometimes.
Not less than 125 packs of food items containing 5kg bag of rice, garri,(cassava flakes) tomatoes paste, vegetable oil, seasoning, sachets of salt, packs of spaghetti, among other items in each pack
Speaking after receiving the items worth six thousand naira per person, Mrs Kehinde Adebayo, a Muslim prayer profusely for the organisers saying the church has never disappointed in its good deeds
She added that the church has been of constant help to her family in times of needs even as she said that Catholic church has been responsible for the payment of her children school fees.
“My name is Mrs Kehinde Adebayo, I am not a member and not even a Christian, I am a Muslim but they don’t discriminate against religion. They really surprised me with this kind of gesture.
“Catholic is the one helping me to pay my children school fees, last week, they gave me 20 thousand naira
“I thank them for what they have done for us because we are dying of hunger, may God continue to provide for them, they will not lack money.
Speaking in Yoruba language, Dorcas Balogun, a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God appreciated the gestures of the KSM, Ejigbo Subordinate Council for the reach out to the needy.
“We give thanks to Catholic because it has been long they have been helping us irrespective of our religious denomination.
“They always wipe the tears of whoever comes to them for help. There was a time they bought wares for us to sell in our shops
“If other groups have been doing same for women, the case of prostitution and stealing would have reduced among women,” she submitted.
Bose Adewunmi, a Catholic member and beneficiary showered praises on the organisers and financiers of the venture.
“I came here last week to ask for help and I was told to write down my name that a group is coming here to share items for us on Saturday and today, they have done this marvelous thing for us.
“I thank them and I pray that they will never be put to shame and there shall be more money for them in Jesus Name.
Speaking on the development, one of the committee members, Sister Ngozi Ojei stressed that the gesture was solely to reach out to the less privileged in the society and to put a smile on their faces because of the economic crunch in the country.
Her words, “The essence is to reach out to the less privileged, the Knights and Ladies of Saint Mulumba, Lagos Metro have decided that every quarter, we will reach out to the less privileged members of the society with food items worth about N5,000 for each person. That is the whole essence.
“There are five parishes under Ejigbo Sub Council, we have done for two parishes, this is the third one.
“The first one was the Church of Annunciation, Ori Oke, then we went to Jesus the Saviour at Bucknor and this is SS Peter and Paul, Ejigbo but here today, we asked people from Saint Joseph Marelo at Ilamoshe to join the people here.”
Chief Odinaka Iwu, Deputy Grand Knight, Chairman, Feed the Hungry Charity Apostate told our correspondent that the organisers would have loved to do more than the number covered during the support program on Saturday but added that the group is working within the limit of the resources available to it
According to him, the SS Peter and Paul parish is the third of its kind since it commenced in the first quarter of the year. He added that the group started with 70 in the first edition, 100 in the second and today, it is for 125 beneficiaries
“We would have loved to do more but we work with the resources available and you can see that even here, we couldn’t meet up with number of people that turned up.
“It is very painful to see some people come and not get. Normally, the determining factor is the resources available and the resources are from volunteers who decided to help
“We have a mandate to do something not more than five thousand naira so we work with what we have available.
“The truth of the matter is that the program is inter-denominational, because when you talk about feeding the hungry, the Muslims are hungry, christians are hungry too.
“We do it across board, we don’t peg it to only Catholics, it is a worthy idea from our metro grand Knight who initiated it though Catholic has approved it and it is automatically a new ministry in Catholic church.”