Family gets early Christmas surprise
Local company Island Rock reached out to the family of Muga Aukuso from Savaia Lefaga on Thursday with an early Christmas surprise.
The family has been gifted with a food hamper as part of the company’s 25 Days of the Spirit of Christmas campaign.
The campaign particularly targets vulnerable families that were featured in the Village Voice columns of the Samoa Observer this year.
Muga and her family were one of three families that received food hampers comprising a box of tinned fish, noodles, box of crackers, sacks of rice, sugar as well as toys for the children.
The mother of four was touched by the gesture shown by the company.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Island Rock for their heart to give to those that are in need.
“Forgive our family for not having anything to repay your generosity but all we have are prayers for God’s blessings upon your company.
“The bible says that he who gives are more blessed than those that receive,” she said.
Her family’s challenges of the lack of access to water and electricity remain, but the surprising gesture—with Christmas just around the corner—was a relief.
“Christmas is coming soon and I am so relieved that our family will have enough food to last us throughout this coming holiday.
“Our concerns are still with water and electricity, but water is the main worry because we need it for drinking, bathing, cooking food, washing clothes and also for the proper use of our waste management facility.
The 46-year-old said six of them live in their small home: herself, her husband, their three children and their grandchild.
Island Rock representative, Maiava Iosia, told Muga that their campaign is focused on giving back to the community.
“Christmas is a season of giving and we have selected families and organizations that deserve to celebrate the joy of Christmas just like everyone else.
“We acknowledge the assistance and work done by Samoa Observer in locating families that need help.
“Every family featured has different needs and concerns but we have chosen food supplies and children’s toys to bring happiness to selected families,” Maiava said.
The campaign, which began on November 30, ends December 24 and features a variety of programmes and activities.