Families and friends of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, scored timely Christmas gifts after the Gift of the Givers and the South African Police Service(Saps) handed over to them food parcels and other essentials. Gift of the Givers delivers life saving aid in the form of search and rescue teams, medical personnel, equipment, supplies, medicines, vaccines, anti-malarial medication, high energy and protein supplements, food and water to millions of people in disaster struck areas around the world. Police minister Bheki Cele was on hand for the handover at the police academy in Philippi on Tuesday.In addition, five wheelchairs were also given to needy family members. According to a statement, this was done to show support to families of police who died in the line of service.Food parcels, party packs and a hot meal was on offer for the day.Cele, who indicated that he had visited families of slain police officers, thanked Gift of the Givers for their support. He added that as the government, they keep in touch with the families to find out how the children are doing after losing a parent. “Children must not walk alone,” Cele said.“They might be going to school hungry, having lost a parent.”Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of the Gift of the Givers, said it is important to encourage those protecting the communities.Sooliman said police must be shown respect and be a value in society so they can show dedication in their work.“They have husbands, wives and children, who are never sure if that family member is coming home in the evening,” he said.