Groups partner to bring Christmas cheer
Not-for-profit organisations Brown Girl Woke (B.G.W.) and Apia Shapers are bringing Christmas cheers to children at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital at Moto’otua.
They have been donating gifts and toys to children and their families who have been to the hospital over the last four months.
On Wednesday, representatives of the two organisations were back at Moto’otua distributing gifts and toys again to children and hospitalised infants and their families.
B.G.W. founder Maluseu Doris Tulifau told the Samoa Observer in an interview that her team are rewarded for their hard work through the smiles they get from the recipient children.
‘It’s a project that we’ve both done throughout the years and we wanted to do it together because as we all know COVID-19 is giving us the same sponsors and donations so we thought it'd be better to be partners to do this together,” she said.
“So this whole morning we started at Goshen Trust, giving hampers and boxes of gifts, Mapufagalele, then we went to Nuanua o le Alofa for the kids with disabilities and now we’re here at the hospital for children, a project that we’ve already do here every month, we go to the paediatric and gift them with toys and sing songs.
“Every person that we went to today are partners with Brown Girl Woke and just making sure that we help all these amazing organisations that do these donations all year round, that might not begin the donations, that we make sure that they got donations for their programs and last hour is into the streets and street vendors and get some toys to the kids.”
Maluseu said their donation is to give back to the people of Samoa after all that they’ve been through, including the flash floods last Friday.
“As well as with people losing their jobs so it’s just a little ounce of joy in their homes,” she added.
She added that for the children in the hospital a total of 70 hampers were given out and when all donations are put together a total of 600 hampers were distributed. Some of the gifts presented at the children’s ward in Motootua included necessities for babies like diapers and wipes.
In a Christmas message to families, Maluseu urged them to love their neighbours.
“Main message is to look out for your neighbour, it’s going to be us that’s going to take care of us so we got a lot of donations locally, which is something that we didn’t think we would get and we got,” she said. “As we know, the borders are closing so it’s going to be us that’s going to cheer each other on so that’s my biggest thing, is to make sure to take care of your neighbour.”