A Delft vrou played the role of the Easter bunny on Sunday when she handed out soetgoed to the children of Roosendal.
Bernadet Samuels, a Roosendal resident, has been helping her community for 15 years and on Sunday she decided to bring smiles to the faces of kids after seeing how people struggle to celebrate Easter.
“A lot of people here rely on Sassa and with them only paying on 6 April, the people here ended up buying tins of fish, onions and oil by the tuckshop on skuld.
“The reason for that is because they cannot afford to have nice pickled fish like other people can have and then you also have some children who do not get Easter eggs because their families cannot afford it.
“I thought to myself that it was not right because Easter is a time that everybody must enjoy, so on Sunday morning I drove around to every wholesaler I could find open and I bought marshmallows, popcorn, lollipops and sweets to make lucky packets for the children.”
Bernadet said once word got out that she was giving out lekkers, kids came running to her home in Koringblom Street to get their treats.
“We made up a lot of party packets and I even had to make muffins to give to some of the children who missed out on getting marshmallows.”
In 2008, she started an organisation called Bread 4 Life 4 Change, which helps put food in her neighbours’ bellies.
“During the week, I help the people here by running food kitchens to feed them, while I also help four football teams with food and cooldrinks.
“I have been blessed with a few private donors, but most of the money comes from my own pocket.”
If you would like to assist Bernadet, visit the Bread 4 Life 4 Change page on Facebook.