Young baker helps elders at Mapuifagalele
The Home of the Elderly at Mapuifagalele continues to receive donations following a public appeal the Little Sisters of the Poor made in the Samoa Observer last week.
Among the companies and individuals to have donated is 13-year-old Seirosa Wallwork-Lamb who donated $3,000 to the Home to help fund the daily care of 44 elderly residents.
This is not the first time she has helped the elders through monetary donations.
But for this donation, she raised $1,500 by selling her baking while her parents, Travis and Su'a Hellene Lamb, assisted with the remaining amount.
When she first visited Mapuifagalele, Ms. Lamb was touched by the work done by the Catholic nuns in caring for all the elders.
“I believe that our elders represent the past which the future generations like myself should treasure,” she said.
She added that the elders hold values and aspects that the young generation should take into the future.
“I will always continue to return and visit the Sisters and elders."
She also encouraged the children not to let anyone tell them they are too young to do anything that can help others.
“Helping out no matter how small can make a great difference. Don’t let anyone define you and don’t let them say that you are too young and can’t do anything," she said.
Sister Maureen of the Little Sisters of the Poor acknowledged the assistance given by Ms. Lamb.
She said that the elders and Sisters will offer prayers to God to bless all those that have helped them in times of need.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer she added that not only are they providing daily care for the elders but they also aid them through their medical needs.
“Some of the elders have heart problems, asthma and dementia which all require a certain care.”
Ms. Lamb during school year squeezes in baking batches of cookies, pavlovas and fruit crumbles before class and often skips dinner to finish an order on time.
She does this in raising money for those in need.