Ranchi Archdiocese distributes relief to lockdown hit rickshaw pullers


Ranchi: The Ranchi Archdiocese of Catholic Church distributed ration packets along with personal protective equipment (PPE) kits among 1000 rickshaw pullers at a function held at Loyola grounds of the state capital on Sunday to mark the feast of trinity.

Functionaries of the Mother Teresa Sisters and its youth wing also played an active part in the programme.

The Ranchi Catholic Church has been in the forefront of relief work during the COVID 19 crisis and acted as savior to the need of different categories of people.

In addition, the Catholic Church in Ranchi has been running shelters for migrants for over two months. These shelters will slowly be closed down on the return of migrants to their respective homes on completion of their quarantine period.

The volunteers of the Catholic Church along with the Sisters of St. Anne, Mother Teresa Sisters, Loreto Sisters and the Catholic Youth have been distributing dry food packets to thousands of migrants, who were on the move to reach their homes.

The Fathers, sisters, youth and women of the Catholic Church of Ranchi along with their Archbishop and Bishop have been distributing rations to thousands of needy families in remote villages. Thousands of PPE kits were also distributed among policemen and public utility workers in the past weeks.

Archbishop Felix Toppo said the church resorted to benevolent gesture to help rickshaw pullers, who were facing hard times due to the lockdown, since it was enforced on March 24. “With public movement coming to a halt due to the lockdown, it was difficult for them to earn their living. The Catholic Church has provided them rations in a spirit of sharing God’s love with them,” said the Archbishop.

In a common prayer, the Archbishop prayed for safety of the rickshaw pullers and their families and also for all the benefactors, who made it possible for the Church to help different people in need and distress.

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas said that rations were being distributed to all the needy cycle rickshaw pullers without distinction of religion, caste, creed or tribe. “Each packet of rations contains rice, dal, grams, soya beans, salt, masala, haldi, and cooking oil. Each PPE kit contains reusable masks, reusable gloves, sanitizer and soap. The packets also carried a small message: “May God Bless you”. 

The Rickshaw pullers showed their gratitude by repeatedly applauding the Archbishop during his address and prayer, said secretary of the Ranchi Archdiocese Fr Sushil Toppo.

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