Family spread a grandfather’s love

2013-12-23 00:00

TO honour her grandfather’s memory, Maxine Caruth spread the love her grandfather showed her family to orphans who have none.

Caruth raised funds and received sponsorship from various stores to give a Christmas lunch to the children of SOS Children Village in Pietermaritzburg.

“My grandfather always made Christmas very special for my family. He taught us that Christmas is not about gifts, it is about family and love,” Caruth told The Witness.

With all the donations received, Caruth’s mother helped make 157 Christmas stockings for all the children.

“We made a stocking for each child with their names on it. The presents ranged from colognes to teddy bears, depending on how old the children were,” said Caruth.

Her whole family got involved in the surprise Christmas lunch Caruth organised for the home. Her father dressed up as Father Christmas and her cousins dressed up as elves. The whole experience was life changing for them.

“It was so heartwarming to see the smiles on their faces. When I went into one of the houses to tell the house mother there are cupcakes for the kids, this five-year-old boy asked what a cupcake is. When we told him, his face lit up and he rushed to get one. It made me look at life differently. We take things for granted.”

Caruth plans to do this next year too. “I think next year I’ll do a different children’s home. This way more children can share in the joy.”

SOS Children’s home were extremely grateful to the time and effort Caruth put into organising the gifts and lunch.

Caryn Daird, administrative manager of the home, said, “Our children loved it. It meant so much to them. If it weren’t for Maxine and people like her, these children would get nothing.”

Daird admired Caruth’s commitment to the children, especially since she’s only 19.

“It really gives us faith that the younger generation are also caring and giving. What Maxine did was extraordinary. She really gave the kids a family day.”

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