Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Madonna has donated clothes to the orphanage where her adopted son used to live.
The 50-year-old singer sent a box of clothes, books and toys to the Home of Hope Orphanage Centre in Malawi, where David Banda, now three, lived before Madonna adopted him in 2006.
The package - which also included autographed copies of the star's children's books 'English Roses' - had a label on it saying "From David Ritchie to friends at Home of Hope - Malawi."
A source said: "These are clothes David can no longer use, they say he is quite a big boy now so he cannot use most of the clothes Madonna bought him immediately after he was adopted.
"The children were excited to receive the clothes."
Director of the orphanage Lucy Chipeta said they had received the parcel but refused to confirm it was from Madonna, saying: "We have lots of friends across the globe who send us stuff from time to time."
The orphanage looks after about 500 children.
David's father Yohane Banda decided his son should live there when he was one month old, after his mother Marita died from complications relating to childbirth.
Madonna found David through Raising Malawi, a charity she set up, when she was in the country helping build another orphanage.