Over 45 children received a brand new schoolbag (donated by a local college) filled with supplies – a perfect kit to head into the new school year. Such excitement filled the air as they waited in line for their bags, and once in their hands, the bags were rapidly opened and contents inspected. Shocked expressions gave way to huge smiles, and friends began comparing bags happily. One boy of about 12 held up his pack of pens, saying “This is what I need! This is what I need for my school!” Thank God for the constant opportunity to affect change and open doors to new beginnings for those in need.
We spent the day distributing bread to clinics, schools, quadriplegic centres, and families in need.
We were blessed with the donation of 4800 bread rolls, which will be appreciated by many! From clinics to creches to schools to soup kitchens; bread is always a much needed staple.
As part of our day-to-day projects, we distributed non-perishables in our local area to a primary school, (+-800 pupils) an underprivileged creche, (40 little ones) and Andries Olivier Quadriplegic Centre. Here you can see Mike with a few of the residents of Andries Olivier. (Within an hour of delivering the goods we received this sweet, grateful letter.)
Several Helping Hand members participated in the 15km Dan Luyt Run in Durbanville. Whether one of those running or one of those standing by the finish-line cheering, we all had a great time! I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:14)
A box of cereal Sauces Pasta Meals Juice Each one of 620 people from the Klipheuwel township received these items, as well as a smile and a “Jesus loves you!”
One Christmas Eve, the presents and snacks we brought were a happy surprise for the little patients of the Sarah Fox Convalescent Hospital. We went from bed to bed, helping each child unwrap their present, and we were able to share in their joy and pleasure. After visiting with the children we gave gift hampers to all of the staff, who were thrilled with them!
As part of our Christmas projects we dropped off food, toys, and chocolates to the residents of two centres for women and children in crisis.