Brigadier Kushie Nair talking to Sarah Maimetse and Felicity Ncube during a baby shower visit to Tshwane Haven as they celebrate Mandela International Day at Waterkloof Ridge. Picture: Bongani Shilulbane
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THE Brooklyn SAPS kicked off their 67 minutes for Mandela Day - keeping with the theme that charity begins at home.

The station organised a 'baby shower' bringing gifts, toys and essential supplies for children who now call the Tshwane Haven their home.

Brooklyn Station Commander, Brigadier Kushie Nair said it was not always necessary to go out to other communities to look for charity opportunities.

Nair said she was proud to have police officers with big hearts who went above and beyond for the community they served.

“By giving even in the most simple way towards a community, police officers also find meaning in their own lives and it increases the commitment to the community they serve,” she said. 

Manager and House mother Karen Bruyere said they looked after 17 children most of whom were very sickly.

"We're thankful during this time that people have thought of us and the children. Every little bit helps immensely," she said.