Collect toys for small fire victims

2016-01-12 06:00

Following a fire that swept over Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay on Boxing Day affected residents are slowly picking up the pieces.

The fire on 26 December left one person dead and 1000 residents homeless. The City of Cape Town and various non-governmental organisations and volunteers have been helping the fire victims to rebuild their lives. They have received donations of clothes and furniture among other things.

The fire happened just over a month after another fire had hit the same area and left hundreds of people homeless.

A Good Samaritan has decided to do a toy run so that the children who lost their homes in the fire have something of their own to play with. The owner of Star Dot Toys in Hout Bay, who identified herself as Ann, says her daughter came up with the idea. After the fire broke out they have been collecting toys, clothes, crayons and stationery, among other things, to donate to the children in the area.

In their endeavour to help they managed to get the names, addresses, gender and ages of the affected children so that those who what to help have all the details at their disposal. The list includes over 100 children and can be viewed at Ann’s shop.

“It was very frustrating that just after Christmas they lost everything in the fire. My daughter thought about the idea and since I deal with children’s toys I know the importance of having one. I thought it would be a nice idea to get people together and donate to help these children. After having lost everything, it’s really important that they have something that belongs to them. That can take their minds off things,” she says.

She adds that they also have a charity box in the shop where people can donate money. The money will be used to buy what’s needed and they will put it together to go and donate.

V Those who want to donate can visit Star Dot Toys Shop at E5 Mainstream Centre, Princess Street, Hout Bay or call 021 790 0384.

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