River Valley Properties donated food hampers worth over $30 000 as well as face masks to elderly people in Mambo and Mtapa suburbs as part of efforts to cushion them from the economic hardships during the Covid-19 period.
The food items distributed to more than 30 families included mealie-meal, cooking oil, sugar, rice, flour, soaps and cabbages.
River Valley chief executive and philanthropist, Dr Smelly Dube said the initiative was necessitated by the realization that although most people were being effected by the lockdown period, old people were the hardest hit.
“The elderly are suffering most during the lockdown period because they no longer have the energy to run around to make ends meet,”Dr Dube said.
“As River Valley we have seen it prudent to donate food hampers to them for the next three months. We will continue monitoring developments of the lockdown in order to review our donations after the three months.”
A beneficiary of the gifts, Esnath Chikore (83) of Mtapa suburb applauded Dr Dube and her company for the kind gesture.
“I want to thank God for blessing us with such kind and generous people. As the elderly we are the hardest hit as we struggle to eke a living particularly during this period of the Covid-19,”she said.
Another recipient, Mercy Alfero said the donations came at a time she was not feeling well and was struggling to survive.
“As you can see I am in bad shape in terms of my health but today River Valley managed to bring smiles to me and I never expected this,” said Alfero.
The gesture to the elderly is part of a series of donations during the Covid-19 period by the company, which is renowned for its corporate social responsibility programmes particularly to the less privileged.