It was all round smiles for over 4,700 less-privileged residents of Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State, including widows, have received gifts of rice and meat for this year’s Christmas celebration.
As early as 7am on Monday, the beneficiaries arrived at the Treasure House of God Church, located on Quarry Road, Abeokuta, where the gifts were given to them by the church’s associate pastor, Linus Taylor.
The distribution of the food items was preceded by a short service.
Taylor told journalists that the gifts were given in the spirit of love.
He said, “The programme is necessitated by the love of God and the love for humanity that the founder of this ministry, Pastor Adeseye Senfuye, has for the people.
“It is scriptural that we should extend a hand of fellowship to the less-privileged. We have 4,700 gifts for people and the content of a package is meat and rice. We don’t discriminate whether you are a Christian or Muslim.
“No political undertone. This is why we are distributing it in the church. We have been doing it for some time now and it increases yearly. Last year, 1, 000 people benefited. This year, it is about 5,000. By the grace of God next year, it will get to 50, 000.”
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Olutoyin Adeyemi, thanked the donor and urged the government, other churches and well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the gesture.