Lilongwe Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS), with support from Japanese Blanket for Africa Campaign donated 680 blankets to the needy on Wednesday during the launch of annual distribution in Nkhoma, Traditional Authority Mazengera in Lilongwe.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency, MRCS President, Levison Changole, said the exercise would go in all districts with each district receiving the same number of blankets.
Changole said orphans, children, the elderly, the chronically ill and those with disabilities who cannot afford to buy blankets during this winter season are the targets.
These blankets will protect these groups from the cold weather conditions as winter has started and will also help safeguard them from cases of pneumonia and other ailments whose causes are perpetuated by cold weather, he said.
He therefore urged those who received the blankets not to sell the blankets and take care of the donation so that they last long.
One of the beneficiaries, Jenia Gutsu, expressed gratitude towards the donation that MRCS gave to the people of the area.
I was covering myself with a mosquito net and a sack so that I can escape from the cold but it was not working as I was still hit with the cold.
In addition, my house does not fully cover me from the cold as it is damaged, Gutsu said.
MRCS will distribute 24,274 pieces of blankets in all the 28 districts. Japanese Blanket for Africa Campaign through Red Cross has been distributing blankets to the needy in the country for the past 24 years.
Source: MANA Online