In the last article I wrote and asked for folk to help us help those who have less than we have by bringing tinned food to Indawo (46 Smit Str, Heidelberg) or dropping them off at Heidelberg Methodist Church. I felt that while we are in the middle of winter a person cannot survive without food but one can try to get warm in any way that you can. With this in mind I did not put out an appeal for blankets but we as a church were very aware that we had not managed to raise enough funds to purchase blankets (as we always do).
And then we see how God works in our lives. On Friday evening at 18h00 I received a call from Cape Town saying that Ashish Gangapersad, Shoprite/Checkers had chosen Indawo Yosizo as their next charity gift target. I was so thankful and so pleased and took time to admire how God works in our lives. They said that the team would be there on Wednesday to do the handover of blankets, beanies, scarves, ponchos and fleecy tops. The day was perfect – this is the day that we give out between 70 and 130 food parcels to the people our care workers look after during the month.
On Tuesday I received a phone call from a very excited Cherry (our manageress at Indawo) saying that a big truck had come to Indawo to make sure they knew where our premises were. They were also going to be there on the Wednesday to make and give out soup and bread to the folk. What a blessing!
As they promised two trucks arrived early on Wednesday with the big “SHOPRITE” name on the side. They set up and were ready long before Ashish arrived. The people stood calmly waiting for Ashish to arrive. As is the custom the folk broke out in song, blessing us with a number of hymns being sung in their own language.
Ashish arrived and greeted the folk and they gave out second helpings of soup, blankets, beanies, scarves, ponchos and fleecy tops to all the people. The balance of the items will be taken by our care workers to the homes of the people who did not receive on Wednesday. At present we are looking after about 400 adults and 200 children and I can promise that they have all been blessed with these gifts.
Thank you Isidingo (Ashish), Shoprite/Checkers for the gifts. They came just at the right time.
Please remember that we still need lots of tins of food – drop them off at Indawo between 08h30 – 16h30 or at HMC between 08h30 – 13h30. Blessings to you all.