Early Christmas for the homeless

2017-12-19 06:00
Heavens kitchen founder Kayleigh Symes speaks to a homeless person.PHOTO: supplied

Heavens kitchen founder Kayleigh Symes speaks to a homeless person.PHOTO: supplied

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FOR some it was the first time or it could be the last time they will have a Christmas meal, which is why Upper Highway organisation, Heavens Kitchen hosted a Christmas dinner for the homeless at the Pinetown Civic Centre recently.

Heavens Kitchen founder Kayleigh Symes said: “The homeless received a four-course meal and a present.

“We started planning this event from September. The hall was decorated and the tables set with a white tablecloth and red runner. We set the atmosphere with Christmas carols and candles.

This is the best time of the year.

“We have dedicated selfless volunteers who have gone out of their way to fill all the gaps of anything that was needed on the day.

“We ask the public to follow in our footsteps and experience life outside the walls of their comfort zone, people are sick and starving right around the corner from your house. The root of joy is gratefulness.

“We believe the key to a full Christmas comes when we allow the gift of Yeshua our king to fill the empty places, so never think that what you have to offer is insignificant.

“There will always be someone who needs what you have to give, even if it’s just a hug.”

Heavens Kitchen tries to feed at least one family a week that is in desperate need of basic necessities.

“Often people have a job and can pay for the roof over their head, but there are starving people out there.

“Heavens Kitchen is an NPO that feeds 150 homeless individuals every Thursday at Tiger Wheel and Tyre at 5.30pm. We always need assistance to serve and we also need meals sponsored.

“We want to restore the self-esteem of the adult street person by addressing their spiritual, physical and emotional needs.

“In doing so we want to help rehabilitate them back into society.

“Dignity is key for us, and we do all of this for Yahweh [Hebrew name of God] our king.”

She said the public can assist Heavens Kitchen by booking a date to cook for the homeless next year, become a volunteer who serves every Thursday at Tiger Wheel and Tyre at 5.30pm, assist in helping market Heavens Kitchen.

For more information, visit Heavens Kitchen website on www.heavenskitchen3610.co.za or email heavensk@gmail.com or phone 079 298 8488.

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