Tears of joy were shed freely by members of four families who will have an extra special White Sunday celebration today.
The families whose stories of struggles and hardships featured in the Village Voice section of the Samoa Observer Newspaper were visited by the staff of Betham Brothers Enterprises Ltd.
Office Supervisor of B.B.E. Ltd, Ruta Williams, said their company always gives gifts to their employees before White Sunday.
However, this year, they decided that instead of giving it to the employees, they would give it to some of the families who are in need as their gift to them for White Sunday.
“Our first option was the hospital, but then our Manager thought that it would be great to give it to these families instead,” said Ruta.
The money was spent on the gifts was from a fundraising activity by the employees of the company. Each of the four families received food supplies, kid’s toys, a $150 voucher and $500 cash.
The total donation was worth $5,000.
The first family they donated to was a family at Tiavi. Mr. Saveatama and Mrs. Silafaga Atina have two children. The story about this family was published on the 6th of September, 2016.
Silafaga Atina was in tears.
“We didn’t think that we would be receiving such gifts today,” said Silafaga.
“But thank you very much for your kindness and for your generosity.”
The second family was the family of Alofa Taeaoali’i, 60 years old from the village of Lepā. Her story was published on the 31st of August, 2016.
Alofa was shocked by the unexpected visit.
So shocked, she broke into tears, extremely grateful.
“All I can say is that I am very grateful,” said Alofa. “Who am I to receive such kind gestures and gifts? Thank you very much.”
The third family was the family of Fa’atali Ma’ave’ave of the village of Falevao.
Her story was published on the 4th of September, 2016.
Fa’atali thanked the team from B.B.E. Ltd on behalf of her whole family for choosing them as one of the families to donate to.
The last family was a family, whose story was published on the 11th of September, 2016. It’s the family of So’o Papa’aulila from Manono.
The 42-year-old couldn’t stop her tears from falling when her family hosted an unexpected visit from the good Samaritans from B.B.E. Ltd’s company.
“God really helps us in mysterious ways,” said So’o.
“I woke up this morning without even knowing that we will be getting these things for free. Who am I to get such blessings? I am very grateful and I can only pray that the good Lord may continue to bless all of those who contributed to these gifts and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.