Last day to support Keep Caring campaign

2017-05-31 06:02
Amy Erasmus (18) is the driving force behind the Keep Caring clothing drive.    Photo:SUPPLIED

Amy Erasmus (18) is the driving force behind the Keep Caring clothing drive. Photo:SUPPLIED

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LOCAL teenager Amy Erasmus broke the mould earlier this year when she decided to spend her gap year helping others.

Erasmus (18) is involved in a number of charity projects, including a clothing drive called Keep Caring.

Her inspiration to help the less fortunate came a few years ago at an event where leftover food was donated to a soup kitchen. Her outlook on life changed that day and she has never looked back.

Currently, the Keep Caring Clothing Drive keeps her quite busy and will serve the Port Elizabeth community well during the harsh winter months.

At last count, Erasmus collected more than 1 800 articles of clothing. Her goal is to make it to 2 500 clothing items.

She has also collected enough food for eight parcels and bedding for four parcels and was able to make sizable donations to Hannah’s Arms, a non-profit organisation (NPO) that cares for babies and families in need, and Love Story, an NPO dedicated to helping the homeless community in Port Elizabeth.

She recently realised the impact that she can make on the community at one of Love Story’s soup kitchens.

“Helping at the soup kitchen and seeing the type of people I’m going to be helping was a truly humbling experience,” she said.

She donated 192 Easter eggs to the soup kitchen, because “everybody likes to have something nice once in a while.”

Though collecting and sorting through the items she has received as part of the Keep Caring campaign takes hours sometimes, Erasmus feels that it is definitely worth it.

Soon she will hand out parcels to newborns and their mothers who are in need. Each of the 18 parcels contains a long babygro, two short babygros, a knitted beanie, a blanket and a towel.

The Keep Caring Clothing Drive closes today, May 31. Donations can be dropped off at Houdini outlets in Central, Walmer, Newton Park or Sherwood. For more info contact Amy on amy@erasmus.ws.

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