Volunteers put a smile on children’s faces

The children also had their faces painted.

Community volunteer Anthea Trout and her family and friends handed out party packs to the children of Bonteheuwel and Bishop Lavis for Easter.

Ms Trout said that thanks to public donations, they distributed 500 packs in Bonteheuwel and 100 in Bishop Lavis. The children also had fun painting posters and banners and having their faces painted.

The volunteers make hot dogs and put together party packs for the communities’ children once a month. They also play games with them and expose them to educational toys. “I have always wanted to give back and this is way that I can. If I can bring joy to them they can give joy back. Seeing the smiles on the faces makes it all worth it. They are happy for the smallest things and they appreciate the time we spend with them,” she said.

In November last year, Ms Trout received a community-builder award from the non-profit, Propagation of Women’s Empowerment Resources (Power), for her community work.

Many of the children they helped came from poor, single-parent homes, she said.

“I want the children to know that I came from Bonteheuwel, and although they have many challenges they can get an education and make their lives better,” she said.

To make donations, call Anthea Trout on 083 698 1776.