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Church, Lions give Christmas cheer to patients

PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
SAINT Ignatius Catholic Church members feed over 2,000 people at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka yesterday.
And several Lions Clubs across the country have made various donations to institutions as part of their annual Christmas cheer for the needy in society.
The church said it had spent over K60,000 to carry out the charity gesture that targeted 1,800 patients, caregivers and staff members.
St Ignatius Parish Priest Charles Chilinda said Christmas is a time to reflect on God’s love for the nation and give back to people in need.
“We have come together as members of St Ignatius church to share God’s love and celebrate Christmas with patients and other people present here by cooking a sumptuous meal for them. We want them to feel special and know that God thinks of them everyday,” he said.
Fr Chilinda said Zambians should remember to help the sick, vulnerable, and disabled among others during a time like this.
He said Christians should extend a hand of love to others especially the less- privileged regardless of their religious affiliation and tribe.
Fr Chilinda said Zambia recently exposed herself to hatred and bitterness and this gesture is aimed at bringing healing in people’s lives.
Speaking at the same event Nkoloma ward counsellor in Chawama township Tasila Lungu said she was delighted to have been part of a church that remembered to spend Christmas with the patients at UTH.
Ms Lungu who, was also taking part in the cutting and cooking of chickens and cabbages among other things said she decided to spend the festive season with the sick because Christmas is about giving.
UTH assistant public relations officer Natalie Mashikolo commended St Ignatius Church for the gesture.
Meanwhile, several Lions Clubs have made donations to needy members of society with the Lions Club of Longacres giving out baby hampers and food to the Paediatric Admission Ward.
The Lions Club of Munali was at Kalingalinga Clinic where they it donated an assortment of gifts to patients.
In Kitwe, the Lions Club of Jacaranda donated hampers to the Kitwe Central Hospital Eye Children’s Ward.
On Friday, the Lions Club of Fairview donated food to the Fountain of Hope orphanage in Lusaka.

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