By STAFF REPORTER
A vehicle dealership’s Winter Warmers initiative to keep needy children in Makhanda fully clothed during the coldest time of the year has gone from 0-100 overnight.
The campaign, arranged by Kelston Isuzu, led to the collection of loads of clothing and blankets for a cash-strapped haven in the town. It all started at the height of winter when the dealership asked the public to drop off warm items at a collection point in the building. These were gifted to the Home of Joy, an informal establishment that cares for homeless babies and children.
Sales manager Duifie Nieuwoudt said that the community’s generosity had enabled the dealership to donate three bakkie loads of garments. Visibly touched by the plight of the facility following one of the drop-offs, he urged the public to continue donating items at the dealership’s premises on Hill Street. “We would like to assist where we can for as long as we can as it’s heartbreaking to see these little children of three years and younger and the tough position they are in,” he said.
“We will try to get further donations to provide for the Home of Joy because we know that Mamma Margaret [Nomalungelo Margaret Ngcangca] needs all the help she can get.
“How she does this is beyond me. She truly is a wonder woman.”
“It has been amazing to see how the community can stand together in situations like these. There was fantastic support from so many people, and we do appreciate all the efforts,” Nieuwoudt said.
“To see the smiles on the faces of the children when we made the donations was priceless.”
Nieuwoudt said the drive was the perfect way for Kelston Isuzu to support the local community and that several further projects were already under discussion.