We have very successfully implemented the program of distributing hampers during the Festive Seasons since 1988 with the support of generous individuals, both local and foreign, and now it has become a most looked forward to program in our Calendar.
The response to our appeals have been overwhelming and over the past ten years we have been able to distribute a second hamper during the Sinhala/Tamil New Year too with the spillover funds collected during the Christmas Season.
Hamper packs of clothing and grocery items costing Rs.7,500 each, which included Cash Rs.1,500, were distributed twice during the festive season of Christmas and Sinhala/Tamil New Year to 282 families in 2015. The Hampers were fully funded by our benefactors, to whom we owe a deep debt of gratitude for supporting us over the years. Areas covered included Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Chilaw, Anuradhapura, Mannar, Jaffna, Melsiripura, Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa, Ampara, Colombo, Moratuwa, Piliyandala, Hendala, Kalutara, Kandy, Gampola, Mahiyangana, Monaragala, Bandarawela, Badulla and Ratnapura.
Clothing and nutritional items were also given to 39 patients at the Hendala Hospital.
Additionally, A Sri Lankan, now domiciled in Sydney, provided funds for Uniforms, School Bags, stationery items including DSI vouchers for the purchase of shoes to 63 children being supported by Surol, during the Christmas Hamper distribution.
We will be failing in our duty if no mention is made of our Special Group of Donors who have been able to give us Rs.3.6 million and have continuously responded positively and generously to our appeal each year. We look forward to the generosity of more people joining this special project of Surol to share the festive atmosphere by reaching out to the families of Leprosy Affected Persons. We are very grateful and pray for all those who help these poor unfortunate Leprosy Affected Persons (LAP’s) under our care.