“You do not need to be a millionaire to give back to the community.” These are the words of Sandile Thabethe, from Ashdown, who recently donated food hampers to 26 poor families in his area and bought groceries and pots for the Emuseni Old Age home in Edendale. The hampers were officially handed over to the beneficiaries on Saturday at Thabethe’s home, where he later hosted a lunch for them as well.Thabebe, who is a police officer in the Pietermaritzburg Dog Unit, said this is his way of celebrating his birthday, which was on January 6. Speaking to Echo, Thabethe said he started this initiative six years ago and he plans on continuing with it. “When I collect my bonus for my birthday I use it to give back to the community. I don’t have any other income but I believe that I can make a change with the little that I have. “It does not matter how big or small it is, as long as you are doing it from the bottom of your heart, God will bless you.“This is also my way of thanking God for keeping me safe in my job and for giving me the job. I have been a police officer for 16 years but I have never been shot or injured while at work and I thank God for that. “My dream is to continue doing this for my community and get other people to join this initiative so that we can change people’s lives,” he said. Ashdown ward councillor Dumisani Phungula, who was also part of the handover, said they are very grateful to have a person like Thabethe in the community and wished that others could be as generous.“He (Thabethe) understands that everything that he has comes from God and he wants to thank God by giving back to community. “We know that there are lots of families that are struggling and we will not be able to help them all at once but, if we can all join this initiative, with the little that we have we can make a big difference. “May God bless you [Thabathe] and give you more than what you have for what you are doing for your community,” he said.