The Order of Eastern Star (OES), a charity organization in Monrovia, during the weekend donated several food and other items for inmates to authorities of the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP).
A team of OES staff, headed by Cllr. Izetta Wesley, after the presentation, was taken on a guided tour of the prison facilities to acquaint themselves with conditions there.
Cllr. Wesley, during the presentation in the office of the Prison Superintendent, said the gesture was intended to put smiles on the faces of the inmates.
She told MCP authorities that the OES is concerned about the wellbeing of the prisoners as they are a part of the society.
“We have come today to identify with you by presenting this ‘widow’s mite’ in order to keep the hopes of the inmates alive,” Cllr. Wesley said.
She added, “One of our goals is to contribute to those in dire need of the basic necessities of life, such as food and water.”
Also speaking was Madam Esther Paigar, who said the OES was there to join other Liberians in rendering humanitarian assistance to the inmates.
“We are very grateful that at a short notice your leadership gave us the green light to present this small assistance to the inmates,” she said.
Madam Clarice Kla Williams said the organization has the moral responsibility to provide support to persons that are facing difficulties in society.
“We make our small contribution as a charity to people that actually need help,” Madam Williams said.
In his acceptance remarks, Assistant Prison Superintendent Jerome Doe noted that the presentation was timely.
He assured OES that the donation would be used for the intended purpose.
Some of the items presented included 10 bags of parboiled rice, vegetable oil, palm oil, onions, bath soap, washing soap, toothpaste, toilet soap, mineral water, mackerel canned fish, and salt.