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California-based Samoan donates to elderly

A Samoan living in the American state of California has come to the rescue of an elderly woman in Leufisa.

A cash donation by California-based, Jolie Ale, of the villages of Vaitogi, Fitiuta and Sapapali'i Savai’i has enabled non-profit group Brown Girl Woke (B.G.W.) to purchase adult diapers, for 83-year-old Naitua Lavea.

"I gave because of how I believe it's simply my inherent spiritual and cultural responsibility to provide for our elders," she said.

Members of the non-profit organisation visited the elderly woman on Wednesday afternoon to give her supplies, which were provided by Miss Ale, while the owner of Ruta Shop donated other supplies.

B.G.W. founder and President, Maluseu Doris Tulifau, said she is happy to receive the donations from the overseas community, especially during the lockdown period that Samoa is currently facing.

"I'm grateful for everyone that can donate during this time. We are all feeling the impact of COVID-19 financially but people are still willing to give back to our Samoa," she said.

"This is why I post a lot because we need all the help we can get, and under my organisation, it's not just a one time donation. I look for people to donate six months or more and we do family visits to see how the family is doing.”

Mrs Lavea was overwhelmed by the gesture shown through the donation. 

"I am very happy and grateful for Jolie's help in providing for my needs. May the blessings of the Lord be upon you for helping an elderly woman like me. Thank you Jolie for your help," she said.

According to Maluseu, the adult diaper supply will last about six months. 

"We gave her groceries and adult diapers supplies which would last her half a year, we will be supplying her diapers for the next six months.”

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