THE Age-in-Action organisation in the Free State encourages senior citizens, aged 60 and older, to support its competition Pretty Things for Little Things. This nationwide project, run in conjunction with the Shoprite Group, is in aid of children from less-fortunate backgrounds.It encourages customers, especially senior citizens, to have their creative skills benefit the less fortunate by making clothes and toys for children. In return, participating senior citizens receive prizes for their efforts. Items can be made from any material, as long as they are practical, durable and safe for children. The categories are: soft toys; blankets; clothing; or items which include articles made from materials such as wood, tin or wire. Entries opened on 1 June and close on 31 August. The top three Free State winners qualify for the national competition. The prizes (in vouchers) for the provincial winners are: R2 000 (first prize), R1 500 (second prize) and R1 000 (third prize). The national prizes are: R5 000 (first prize), R3 000 (second prize) and R2 000 (third prize). Items can be entered in store at any Shoprite, Checkers or at any of the Age-in-Action regional offices (see www.age-in-action.co.za for more details). Three winners per category will be selected in each province. Ingrid Cupido, chief executive officer of Age-in-Action, says senior citizens, often referred to as “the forgotten generation” face isolation and depression. “Pretty Things for Little Things acknowledges senior citizens by giving them purpose, even if it is for a short while. They look forward to this time of the year, because they know they will be making something which will bring joy to a child,” Cupido said.“For many disadvantaged children in South Africa, the opportunity to play with a new toy will just be a dream. This initiative seeks to make the dream a reality.” She said over 160 000 items had already been collected and distributed to children across South Africa since the campaign had been launched.