Hands that help communities

2016-11-24 06:02

HIBISCUS Helping Hands obtained their NPO number this year and is now a registered charity with the Department of Social Development.

The organisation opened its doors just over two years ago as the charity arm of Hibiscus Coast Seconds.

“We began mainly as a feeding scheme for the many families on this coast who, for various reasons, do not have the full resources to feed their children,” said Ann Phillips, a member of the organisation.

“We are entirely dependent on donations to raise funds for food.

“We raise money by auctioning donated items and also from holding jumble sales to sell excess stock of clothing,” she said.

Phillips said the organisation has grown so drastically that it is able to do more than feed families.

Donated furniture is distributed to families in dire need.

“It has been a very busy year with the team tending to many requests for assistance across a broad spectrum of families, from Hibberdene to as far as Port Edward.”

She said last year the charity had massive support from the community when it hosted the Port Shepstone Welfare Party and also when it organised a Christmas party with gifts for 20 Uvongo children.

They also visited a retirement village where they handed out gifts to residents.

“All of the above was done because of the generosity­ of donors and with the utmost respect, Hibiscus Helping Hands is asking for donations again this year to assist us in helping those in need at Christmas time,” said Phillips.

Donations of food, clothing, toys and money are welcome.

Bank details - First National Bank, account number 62488803753, branch code 220228.

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