She’s mom to 2 000 hungry

2013-04-10 00:00

CAROL Holby of Woodlands started off small.

She began feeding two hungry boys, but slowly her desire to help those who had no food grew to the point where 2 000 people line up on the pavement outside her home each Sunday to be fed.

She also gives out takeaways.

“We want no fame or fortune, we’re just working for the Lord,” said Holby.

Her inspiring work has been featured in FNB’s “Stories of Help” initiative which will be broadcast on TV and has attracted over 47 000 views on YouTube.

Holby (63) has been running a soup kitchen for 35 years and hundreds of hungry men, women and children line up outside her pavement for a hot meal.

“Nobody comes to a soup kitchen for fun; it’s hunger that leads people here,” she said, adding that some people commit crime due to hunger and would rather go to jail.

For them it is “luxury” where they know they will get free food and a place to sleep.

She said she feeds people on the side of the road because her house is too small to accommodate everyone.

“If you use a municipal hall you have to pay. Every cent that I get goes to the food, so I just do what I can with what I’ve got.

“It might be little, but at least someone will sleep because they’ve eaten that day.”

Holby started the soup kitchen when her son, then six years old, agreed to share his lunch with two friends; one said his mother was sick, the other that his mother was at work.

Then more boys started visiting Holby’s home and she started buying more bread; from there it grew exponentially.

Holby said it was through God’s grace that she could prepare meals every Sunday, because individuals, churches and several organisations in Pietermaritzburg had been supporting her.

She said her husband, David, had been very supportive.

“On earth, God has no hands and no feet, He needs our hands and feet. You don’t need to be rich or talented; you just need to have love in your heart for God’s people.”

She hopes her story will encourage others to reach out to the needy.

FNB spokesperson Bernice Samuels said Holby’s story, one of the 45 stories published on its blog, is about “how an ordinary South African is doing extraordinary things to help people in her community”.

The bank said it hoped to inspire South Africans to build a better country by helping each other.

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