Tears of gratitude and joy

By Ulimasao Fata ,

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Fa'aoloaga Satuala and his family at Nofoali'i.

Fa'aoloaga Satuala and his family at Nofoali'i. (Photo: Ulimasao Fata)

Santa Claus has arrived early this year for five families who featured in the Samoa Observer’s, Village Voice.

A Good Samaritan who wanted to remain anonymous, donated approximately $2,000 worth of food supplies and toiletry items for the families.

When the Samoa Observer team visited the families to present them with the goods, tears of joy and gratefulness were aplenty.

The five families who received help included Fale Fale of Toamua-Uta, Sauileone Fa’ataumaoe  of Toamua-uta, Ana Vaiolo of Faleasi’u, Faaoloaga Satuala of Nofoali’i and Akenese Ieremia of Nu’u Fou.

Akenese Ieremia  was featured in last week’s Village Voice.

The mother of 10 from Nu’u-fou admitted she was desperate for assistance.

Her eldest son, who is married with two kids, is the only income earner for their family, while five of her kids are still under seven years old.

 “Life here with us is really hard because I have to feed my children and support them, but then I don’t have a job to earn money to support all of them,” she said.

Ana Vaiolo and her family at Faleasi’u.
Ana Vaiolo and her family at Faleasi’u.
OVERWHELMED AND GRATEFUL: Akenese Ieremia and her family in Nu'u-fou with some of the gifts from the Good Samaritan.
OVERWHELMED AND GRATEFUL: Akenese Ieremia and her family in Nu'u-fou with some of the gifts from the Good Samaritan.

“The only person who is providing for our family is my eldest son who is currently working at one of the companies and that’s basically it.”

“We are struggling so badly in terms of food, money and clothing for my children here so that is why I really need a job to support my family.”

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, the anonymous donor said he read the story and he just wanted to help.

 “Words cannot express how excited and grateful I am for this donation from this Good Samaritan,” said Akenese.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to whoever donated these food items for me and my family; I am overwhelmed by this donation.

“Thank you for everything and may the good Lord continue to bless whoever donated these Christmas presents for my family.”

Mr. Fa’aoloaga Satuala and Ofe Satuala were out of words when they saw the Village Voice team again at their house.

 “I am grateful and thankful at the same time for remembering us, this means a lot to me and my family.”

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