A time of giving smiles

2016-12-20 06:01
Lakeview neighbourhood watch made children smile when they gave them Christmas gifts . PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Lakeview neighbourhood watch made children smile when they gave them Christmas gifts . PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Christmas is a time of giving and making others smile.

Lakeview Neighbourhood Watch did exactly that by giving parents and children involved with Dan-Ag care centre some Christmas gifts at His People Church in Retreat last Wednesday. Most of them come from disadvantaged backgrounds and it’s difficult for them to make ends meet.

Lydia Noah from the neighbourhood watch says they do this to give back to their community.

“We just don’t fight crime only, but want to show the community we care. This is our way of reaching out and giving hope to other people. The crime rate is escalating and when children are cared for and loved, it will not be necessary to turn to crime. That’s why we had to share the Christmas spirit with those that cannot afford it. We want to build a strong community that cares for each other so that we won’t have to fight crime anymore,” says Noah.

Denise Delcarme, project coordinator for Dan-Ag Care Centre, says they are a service provider, but they just don’t want to give people things for free. “We give soup and we offer different kinds of services like counselling rehabilitation. Our aim is to help the community but we just don’t want to do it for free. The catch is someone has to work hard and they must want to improve. Yes, we give soup, but we noticed what if soup is not what you really want and you want counselling, so we meet with the group and listen to their needs. We help here and there. So, those that have committed to get help got presents and received food buckets. We give with a purpose. We want to make a difference in someone life,” she says.

Delcarme also encourage those that were there to stay positive no matter what challenges they face.

“You have to focus and always remember that God is the centre of your life. Don’t make excuses. Read a lot and work hard. It’s not easy given the circumstances you live in, but there is always a way out. Things might not be easy now, but work hard and break that cycle of poverty. We also have preservation sessions monthly and we encourage you to come. We want parents to take responsibility. Make sure that you child goes to school. Play that role as a parent and want the best for your children. It’s never easy but it’s worth it,” she says.

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