Soup drive for kids

2017-06-20 06:01
Grassy Park police and partners handed out soup, blankets and clothes at the Egoli informal settlement in Philippi on Youth Day.

Grassy Park police and partners handed out soup, blankets and clothes at the Egoli informal settlement in Philippi on Youth Day.

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Police in Grassy Park focused on creating awareness of Youth Day last week.

Members of the Women’s Network and Men4Change started their activities on Thursday last week for a “warm winter”-themed drive on Youth Day.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Constable Carol Strauss says they partnered with Beryl Williams of Pick n Pay and the New Horizon Neighbourhood Watch for the event.

“We collected ingredients for soup, blankets and other goods to hand out to families in need in the area,” she says.

“With Youth Day in mind we wanted to make sure that the young in our community were comfortable after the recent rains.

“The rains are a blessing but with the storm that we had there are houses that were damaged and those people are cold and wet so we decided to give something to help them.”

Strauss adds that they also used this as a chance to create awareness of safety and other issues.

“We handed out pamphlets relating to missing children and keeping children safe,” she says.

“There was also discussions on domestic violence where we spoke to people about not resorting to violence when trying to solve problems. If there is a loss of control it leads to situations escalating that could lead to death. In most cases the children suffer the most.”

Strauss says the group visited the Phumlani Village crèche where they handed out colouring books and soup to the children.

At Kabaskraal they handed out blankets and distributed soup. At Egoli in Philippi they also handed out clothing.

“At all these events we also spoke to youth about the importance of Youth Day,” she says. “They have to know about the history of this day and how people died for their freedom. They must be aware that they have the right to be protected and are free to achieve their dreams without interference from gangsters who want to lead them astray.”

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