The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Disabled People Get X-Mas Gift

The Group of '77' disabled home and the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD) have benefitted from a donation of assorted relief items by the Liberia National Lotteries in partnership with Mercury Liberia. Group of 77 and NCD are organizations dedicated to the support of the disabled.

The items donated separately at disabled institutions include 75 bags of 25KG rice, nine cartoons of biscuits, nine cartoons of Avena oil, three cartoons of bath soap, four cartoons of washing soap and five cartoons of Tinap/Mackerel.

Other items are four bags of salt, one cartoon of maggi cube, four cartoons of sardines, one cartoon of candy and four bags of onion.

Making the presentation Monday, the Executive Director of the Liberia National Lotteries, Mr. Martin S. Kollie said the gesture was in fulfillment of LNLC's statutory mandate in partnership with Mercury Liberia.

He said the initiative is aimed at supplementing government's effort in supporting disabled organizations and individuals in the country.

"The Government of Liberia, in partnership with Mercury Liberia has come to celebrate with you during this festive season. It is our institution's way of identifying with you during this Christmas and New Year seasons," said Mr. Kollie.

He assured the LNLC's unflinching support to the disabled community and individuals in the country.

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mercury Liberia, Mr. Richard Kean said his company is proud to identify with needy Liberians, especially during this festive season.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Group of 77, the Program Officer of the organization, Rev. Constance T. Kennedy extended heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the LNLC and Mercury Liberia for the gesture.

She said the items will be shared to its sub branches across the country so that other disabled people will also benefit from the donation.

"We want to say a very big thank you to the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation and Mercury Liberia for identifying with us in this time of our needs," Rev. Kennedy said.

For her part, the Executive Director of NCD Madam Ricardia Badio Dennis lauded both LNLC and Mercury for the donation.

She said the donation came at a time when the commission needed help.

"We have sought help from all over. We have written several charitable organizations for relief. This is why we are so grateful to you for your donation. It was a timely intervention," she added.

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