HUMAN compassion has been evident over the past week as members of the public and organisations flocked to The Fiji Times offices with wrapped gifts destined for children affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan.
The gift drive — launched by The Fiji Times and its partners, Williams and Gosling, Save the Children Fiji and the Rotary Club of Lautoka last week — has stirred the hearts of people from all walks of life seeking the opportunity to spread the Christmas cheer.
In Lautoka, business houses which were victims of Evan did not let their troubles stop them from giving to those who were worse off.
Australia New Zealand Immigration Consultants director Govind Pillay said a lot of children would miss out on Christmas this year.
"It's sad to think that a lot of children will be without homes during Christmas so we just wanted to give something that would bring them happiness despite their circumstances," said Mr Pillay.
Yesterday, Next Level Internet CafÃ© owner, Gerald Ho gave a large carton full of gifts for young children in the Western Division. Mr Ho also delivered gifts from the Sentai Seafood Restaurant in Nadi.
"We heard about the gift drive and so we thought it would be a good idea to buy some toys for these kids. We just wanted to put a smile on their faces this Christmas," said Mr Ho.
Meanwhile, gifts were collected from The Fiji Times office yesterday afternoon by Williams and Gosling staff to be taken to those affected by Evan.
Those wishing to be part of the drive can drop off their gifts at the Save the Children Fund office at 25 Pender St, Suva and The Fiji Times offices at 177 Victoria Parade Suva and Tukani St in Lautoka. The gift drive will continue into the New Year.