Christmas came early for the children of Treasure House Christian Children’s Home (THCCH) in Nadi as they received a brand new Beko Gas Oven and Cooktop from a good samaritan based in USA.
16-year-old Lara Patel who lives with her parents and brother in Atlanta decided to make a difference for the children of the home following her visit earlier this year.
“My granddaughter wanted to give something back to the community where her mum grew up and here we are handing over the gas oven and cooker so that the children here can enjoy nice meals all the time,” Lara’s grandmother Rekha Patel said.
She said Lara who celebrated her 16th birthday in October told all her friends not to give her material things but insisted on cash gifts which she collected and sent across to Fiji so that a more worthy contribution could be made to the community.
“Lara has been visiting the home since childhood and as she grew older and started understanding things, she has been always thinking of giving something back,” Mrs Patel said.
“On behalf of Lara and her brother and parents, we wish you all a very blessed and joyous festive season.”
In June this year, Lara along with her mum Moana, dad Amar and brother Nikhil Patel donated a washing machine to the home as well.
THCCH director Ulamila Powell thanked the Patel family for their timely donations which has enabled their caretaker staff members to carry out their daily chores efficiently.