As part of a post-Ebola recovery effort, international hipco artist Jon Bricks has made a donation of over US$500 worth of food items to Orphan Relief and Rescue, a local NGO for Francis Gaskin Rescue Home for Children, an orphanage center.
Bricks said that the donation is his way of identifying with orphans, sharing with them the blessings that he has acquired over the years.
He added that the donation is the beginning of several projects that his foundation, Bricks City, is undertaking, adding that the US$500 worth of food supplies provided to the orphanage were sponsored by the organization.
“We are working on plans to donate assorted food materials to a number of organizations, as well as people who have been victimized by Ebola,” he promised.
Present during the delivery of the food items and with surprise and smiles on their faces, were orphans of the Francis Gaskin Rescue Home for Children.
“I know how it feels to be an orphan, especially in Liberia,” Bricks said. “I decided to make these donations just to show my love and care for you all.”
The donation included 15 bags of rice, two bags of onion, four sacks of bottled water and four cartons of soap, along with two dozens of tissue and two gallons of cooking-oil. A cash donation (L$10,000) was also made available.
The country representative of Orphan Relief and Rescue, Mathew Cramer said, “I’m proud of Bricks, not only because of his music, but because he was able to think about these less privileged children.”
He said that the donation made to Orphan Relief and Rescue will be used for the intended purpose and will benefit over 30 orphans.
Pricilla Yowatee, 10, said “I’m happy that God was able to bless Bricks and in return he put food on our table.
“This is a historical day for me. It takes a brave mind as a young man to give to charity; and promising about doing more shows that humanity lives in Bricks.”
Evelyn Mars, the mother of Francis Gaskin Rescue said: “We appreciate Bricks for such a kind gesture and this donation will definitely make an impact on the life of the orphans.”
She said that the donation was made in a timely manner, as the orphanage is in an urgent need of help, and hoped that Bricks will continue his good work.
“Lack of clothes for these kids is a huge challenge, but we remain grateful to Bricks for this donation,” she admitted.