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Rihanna's good deed for others

A 10 year-old Langtoft Primary School pupil brought some festive cheer to a group of homeless people when she handed out gifts at a Peterborough soup kitchen last month.

Rihanna Chapman, who lives in Stamford, raised more than £230 for her cause to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Damon Garner receives a gift from Rihanna Chapman Photo: Lee Hellwing (6340893)
Damon Garner receives a gift from Rihanna Chapman Photo: Lee Hellwing (6340893)

The youngster told her proud mum Carrie-Ann Howman that everyone deserved to feel loved at Christmas and receive a gift.

“Rihanna came up with the fantastic idea of helping the homeless at Christmas and wanted to raise £50 to make 10 Christmas bags,” said Carrie-Ann.

“These bags would include socks, gloves, a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, mini cheddars and a chocolate.

“However, she managed to raise a massive £234 and was able to buy and make up more Christmas bags and also do a pet package.”

The gifts were handed out shortly before Christmas at the Peterborough Soup Kitchen, a charity for homeless and disadvantaged people from in and around the city.

Carrie-Ann said the charity, which feeds around 50 people daily, had “loved” Rihanna’s idea.

“The actual handing out of the gifts went well and was very emotional,” she said.

“There was one lady who cried and said if her children were anything like Rihanna she would be one very proud mum.

“I had asked Rihanna the question of why she wanted to do this and she replied ‘Mum we get presents at Christmas, so why can’t the homeless’?

“I am so proud of her achievement and she said it is something she’d like to do again.”

Rihanna said her good deed had made her feel “great”.

“I wanted to make a difference in peoples lives and it was fun, enjoyable and nice to see the looks on their faces when I gave them the gifts,” she said.

“There was even one woman and a man who cried.

“We made up 50 bags and had just seven left over.

“This is definitely something I would like to do again and hopefully I can raise even more money next time because I got a lot more than I expected this time around.”

Rihanna is set to receive a Citizenship Badge from her school on Monday for her initiative.

“I’m happy with the way it went and will think about it some more and how to do it this year and whether I should change anything,” she said.

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