Staff members and children from Sinoxolo Educare Centre in Thabo Mbeki Informal Settlement in Lower Crossroads were thrilled when they received donations from the Gift of the Givers on Mandela Day, on Thursday 18 July. Among other things they got 40 mattresses, 40 bags of food parcels, toys and nappies. The relief organisation was accompanied by deputy minister of police Cassel Mothale, Nyanga police officers and members of the Nyanga Community Police Forum (CPF) . The food parcels were given to the parents of the children.Sinoxolo principal Mandy Hanqa described the donation as a relief. “We feel honoured to receive such kind of stuff, especially on Mandela Day. We didn’t have enough mattresses and the ones that we currently have are too old,” she said. Hanqa added that they are looking after 27 children up until six years old.Project manager for Gift of the Givers Ali Sablay said it was an honour to be part of the initiative. “It is a great honour to celebrate our 67 minutes with Sinoxolo children. Madiba loved the children and had a soft spot for them. We wish they (children) can follow in his footsteps to be able to build a better nation,” said Sablay. He praised the police for doing a great job to protect the community. Mothale described the children as the future of the nation. He urged residents to support each other to build a better community. “We are appreciating educators who are playing a pivotal role to groom these children to become better people,” he said. He said fighting crime is not only the responsibility of the police but also the community at large.“Children always practice what they see at home. If the parents are always fighting in front of children, that child will start bullying other children and that is wrong,” he said.