CHRISTMAS GIFT: Member of Parliament for Laventille East/Morvant Donna Cox receives a gift from little Tariq Sanchez during a Christmas treat for children of her constituency held at the House of Angostura, Laventille yesterday. –Photo JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

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Cox's Christmas wish:

By Carla Bridglal

Laventille East/Morvant Member of Parliament Donna Cox says her wish this Christmas is to see crime in the country on a decrease.

"The population needs to turn to God, and with devotion to Him we will see a change in society," she said.

Cox spoke to the media yesterday at her 5th annual Christmas party for the children in her constituency at the House of Angostura, Eastern Main Road, Laventille.

Over 400 children and their parents from Laventille East, Morvant, Caledonia, Malick and Barataria aged eight to ten were treated to video games, music, treats, a bouncy castle, and, of course, presents from Santa, courtesy their MP's office.

"We raise funds over the year, and from donations from corporate and private citizens to put on this show; one of my friends also helped in organising toys from away as well. Also, running the operations are volunteers from the area," she said.

Sesame Street personality Elmo also greeted the children, much to their delight. One little girl was very possessive of the muppet, while a little boy saw stars and was shellshocked with a big smile as he gaped at his favourite celebrity.

Cox said while acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams had said earlier this week that 26 per cent of murders in the country occurred in the Laventille area, statistics for her constituency showed that crime was actually on the decrease.

In fact, she said, other areas in Trinidad showed higher percentages.

"We are nonetheless doing what we can. Crime is everyone's business. We are all responsible for helping keep it in check," she said.

Cox said in her constituency her office, as well as church and community groups were very active in efforts to inspire the youth away from crime.

"We have to start with dealing with social problems; that's the first step to tackling crime," she said.

Regarding residents of Cocorite chasing Congress of the People political leader and his team on Saturday during their Christmas outreach programme, Cox said while she did not know the reason behind the residents' outburst, she felt Ramadhar and other members of the Government needed to understand people in "Opposition strongholds" were not "foolish".

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