Groups to brighten orphans’ Christmas

2014-12-24 00:00

A NUMBER of businesses, organisations and churches in Pietermaritzburg will be touching the lives of underprivileged and lonely children and elders on Christmas Day.

With the lack of funding this year, many of these organisations could not plan anything overwhelming but promised to give a smile to the less fortunate.

New Life Centre, a church in Northdale, is donating toys today for Christmas to support children living at the Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home in Woodlands.

Pastor Daniel Govender said they will be serving lunch after their Christmas service to disadvantaged residents near their church.

“These are people without jobs or proper homes, that’s why we giving up everything and helping them,” he said.

Orphaned children at the Salvation Army children’s home will be served KFC, courtesy of Hayfields Pharmacy, which always supplies them with cash donations and medication.

The children’s home manager Amanda Doubell said a salad will also be prepared by the volunteers and staff who will be on duty on Christmas Day.

NCF Church children’s leader Nhlakanipho Radebe said their church celebrates Christmas by inviting children to be part of their “Love in the box” project. This is made up of sponsored toys.

Ismail Mota from Crescent Car Sales said they will begin their “Ubuntu programme” on Christmas, where they will be feeding the needy at Mandela Park on Berg Street at 2 pm.

“This is our service to the community for Christmas and our aim is to make each day a Mandela day,” said Mota.

“The less fortunate must always remember that someone out there cares to make a difference in their lives.”

Mota also added that men should be more concerned about the welfare of the children in the city instead of the welfare of their own pockets.

• siso.naile@witness.co.za

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