By Rosemary Nwaebuni
Christmas season is a time associated with giving to put joy in hearts of many and smiles on their faces as our Lord God Almighty gave His son, Jesus Christ for the redemption of mankind.
Putting joy and smiles in the heart and faces of people, especially the less privileged in the society has become the tradition of the 1996 set of Ika Grammar school Old Boys’ Association mostly during yuletides such as Christmas, New Year and Easter as their own way of giving back to society.
As part of their annual celebration which coincided with the Christmas season, precisely on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, the 1996 set of Ika Old Boys, consisting of professionals in different fields of endeavour visited the Jobs Orphanage Home at Agbor, Ika South local government area, Delta state to donate gift items such as bags of rice, toiletries, cartons of tin tomatoes, vegetable oil, and other domestic items for the upkeep of the children in the home.
While presenting the gift items to the orphanage, the association’s president, Mr. John Okoh Jnr, noted that when he contacted the founder of the home, Prophet Igbodo on phone, he pleaded that he was away for another engagement but assured him that he had a capable team on ground to receive the association and gift items.
While expressing satisfaction on the efforts of the caregivers and managers of the orphanage, Okoh encouraged the children to put their trust in God and never lose hope as orphans but be conscious of the fact that God is the father of the fatherless, hope for the hopeless and as such, they remained precious in His sight and very privileged as He (God) will never forsake them.
He noted that their visit was to express their love, care and support for them, saying that it has become the association’s tradition since it was formed some years back and part of their objectives to empower the less privileged in the society as well as donate gift items to orphanages, adding that the association usually embarked on these ventures during their annual celebration and festive periods.
Receiving the items on behalf of Jobs Orphanage, the Caretaker of the home, Rita Ojougboh expressed the home’s appreciation to the Old Boys’ gesture in coming to identify with them despite the economic downturn I n the nation and prayed God to bless the association and reward them in manifold.
Shortly after the donation of gift items at the orphanage, the association moved to Ika Grammar School, the venue for the reception of the Old Boys’ annual celebration.
The President speaking at the venue of the reception expressed his gratitude to God Almighty for preserving their lives to witness another annual celebration. He commended members for all their immense supports and cooperation in moving the association forward.
While noting their commitment, unity and hard-work as reason the association is waxing stronger by the day, he urged them to continue in that spirit in order to move the association to enviable heights as he thanked the planning committee for a robust structured program of events which has made the annual celebration a joyous one.