IT maybe a late Christmas cheer for a group of children at the Labasa Hospital but the gifts they received brought them a ray of hope.
The Children's Ward was filled with joy and laughter when officials from Save the Children Fiji and Vinod Patel Hardware presented the children with gifts as part of their festive season gift distribution on Wednesday.
Save the Children Fiji district co-ordinator northern Samuela Tabakau said the gifts were a collaborative effort between the two organisations in their bid to bring joy to the sick children.
"We have been distributing gifts for the less fortunate children for three years now and we feel this is a duty we have to fulfil for the sake of cheering our children up," he said.
"From our side, this is what Save the Children Fiji is all about — assisting our children who are in need. At least, these gifts will bring them a glimpse of hope and will help them recover soon."
Mr Tabakau said the initiative was something the two organisations embarked on nationwide.
"We are happy to help these children and we know that whatever they receive from us will mean something to them," he said.
Teresia Damanu whose granddaughter is admitted at the hospital for diarrhoea thanked the organisations for their kind thought.
She said it was indeed a humanitarian act.