By Youth Action Team
On Friday 21st December 2018 our team of enthusiastic and dedicated young and adult volunteers – led by a 10 years old Santa Claus - delivered the gifts to the Redwood Estate, Brabazon Estate and Harlech Gardens Estates. The presents were kindly donated by the Metropolitan Police and the hampers were donated by DHL. In total we delivered to 12 local families reaching over 50 people.
On receiving the gifts, one mother said that it ‘made her year’ and another added that ‘it made her and the whole family feel loved by the community.’ The volunteers felt a great sense of community and pride in their area during the gift-giving. Mario Zapata, 13, said: “I really enjoyed helping out, it was so nice to see the joy on people’s faces.”
Lerin Bajaj, 15, added: “I found the day inspiring and it was great to see so many happy children. We should do this every year.” Callum Smith, 10, who was Santa for the day said: “I didn’t expect it to be this fun.”
We would like to thank the Metropolitan Police, London Borough of Hounslow and DHL for donating the gifts and hampers to our community. In addition a big thanks to our brilliant volunteers (Sanjay Suresh, Ajay Suresh, Saim, Rhys Jones, Jit Lukka, Haroon Lukka, Mario Zapata, Callum Smith, Rachel Smith, Anjali Parmar, Lerin Bajaj, Rajan Sandhu, Arjun Odedra, Jake Coker, Shariq Ahmed and Samhita Damerashetti) for helping support this great cause.
Photos credit: Rhys Jones and Haroon Lukka