President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday began her traditional festivity gift giving mainly to the less fortunate people across the country.
From the courtyard of the Executive Mansion where the President presented several 25kg bags of rice and cartons of mackerel fish to each of the physically challenged persons, she then proceeded to do a similar gesture to patients at the TB Annex in Congo Town, near the Ministry of Health.
Toe Wesseh, Coordinator of Logistics in the President’s office, headed yesterday’s distribution team. He said the items were distributed by the President with the intent to put smiles on the faces of the less fortunate so that they and their families too can feel a part of the festive celebration.
Wesseh said in 2005, President Sirleaf committed herself to providing gifts to the less fortunate and health related institutions that cater to physically challenged persons during the festive season.
According to Wesseh, over 350 less fortunate persons and health institutions will benefit from this year’s gifts from the President.
“This is a tradition of the President that she adopted ever since in 2005, which she remains passionate about,” Mr. Wesseh told reporters.
He said President Sirleaf has over the years demonstrated her love for the less fortunate as well as the institutions charged with their care. This year she is donating at least 1,000 25kg bags of rice, beginning yesterday.
The exercise has targeted the Coconut Plantation, T. B. Annex, Bishop Gray on the ELWA/Robertsfield highway, Mother Wreh and ACFI in Gardnersville, among others.
Apart from those institutions, Mr. Wesseh named Grand Bassa, Bong, Margibi, Bomi and Montserrado counties as some of the counties expected to benefit from the President’s gesture.
In response, a representative of the Streets Disabled Persons, Abraham Kpaingbay, expressed gratitude on behalf of the group to the President for the gifts.
“We will continue to appreciate our President, because she has over the years celebrated with the less fortunate,” Mr. Kpaingbay said.
As chairman, he said, “I will make sure that everyone gets a fair share of the gift items,” noting that with the presentation, the disabled have already started celebrating the season.