Elders treated to love and care

2019-12-17 06:00
Zelda Arendsa, Alexia Smith, Daniël Hoorn, Kate Phirii with her son Alvin, and Minnie Hoorn work together to feed residents in Vrygrond, Lavender Hill and Hillview.

Zelda Arendsa, Alexia Smith, Daniël Hoorn, Kate Phirii with her son Alvin, and Minnie Hoorn work together to feed residents in Vrygrond, Lavender Hill and Hillview.

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The Help To Care Centre went above and beyond its usual work of feeding the community and invited some neglected elders for a day of pampering on Wednesday 11 December.

Minnie Hoorn, who opened the centre in Vrygrond with her husband Daniël, said this festive season it is important for her to show care for the elderly residents.

“God showed me that I need to do this for them, so I will do it. I wanted to help the older people.

“Most of them here don’t have children to do this for them and no grandchildren.”

One of the elders receiving pampering, was Maggie Francis.

She added: “We’ve got no grandchildren to do this for us. But the grandchildren want to be on the street, doing funny things, in any case.”

She said those who were invited were much in need of a day of pampering.

The day began with breakfast for the elderly guests, followed by a scripture reading and then a pedicure.

Even though some of the guests had already eaten, food was sent home with them to make sure they were provided for.

“I’m very happy about this,” Maggie said. “She (Minnie) is the only one that I know of that is doing this.

“I’m glad because I can’t bend anymore to cut my toenails.

“I’m 72-years-old, and I’m going to be 73 in February.”

The elders who were invited attend the centre’s soup kitchen weekly.

Having learnt their stories, Minnie identified them as the ones who could do with some love and care.

Minnie, who is above the age of 60 herself, was not able to do the pampering as she too has difficulty bending these days, but she was able to call on some of the local children to work on the feet of her guests.

Sharing the sentiment of all the guests there that day, Maggie said: “I appreciate this very much.”

V To support the Help to Care Centre, contact Daniël or Minnie on 021 702 6107 or email help2carecentre@gmail.com.

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