Library on drive to feed needy

2018-06-05 06:00
Help the Friends of Plumstead Library fill the box with 100 ites of tinned goods or non-perishable food.

Help the Friends of Plumstead Library fill the box with 100 ites of tinned goods or non-perishable food.

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Plumstead Library, with the help of friends, is going the extra mile to give back to the community.

The library community has decided to not just concentrate on educational programmes as a tool of empowering the community, but filling empty tummies as well.

They are running a non-perishable food collection drive aimed at feeding the less privileged.

Jan Bender of Friends of the Library says the library has always played a crucial role as the centre of the community. He says to carry on the legacy and show people that libraries are there for the people, they decided to do something that will benefit even those who do not regularly visit the library.

“It is important for us to give hope and show the needy that they are part of the community despite their circumstances. We are not doing well so far as we have received few donations but we have a belief that people will help us make this a success. By so doing, we are carrying on the legacy of Tata Mandela. We want to make his birthday a special day for everyone.”

They will hand over all collected food to DeLaria’s soup kitchen which serves meals at the Victoria Lodge informal settlement, to feed hundreds of homeless people on Wednesday 18 July.

Vuyokazi Cungwa, the librarian, says they appreciate the support they get from the Friends of the Library. She says the friends make it easy for them to go the extra mile in fulfilling their mandate.

“The library is the heart of the community. We try by all means to offer vital resources to address community needs in a tangible way and we wanted everyone in our community to take part in helping the underprivileged. This year we chose to focus on feeding the homeless in our community, the heart of those we serve as the library, and bring something warm to the tables of those in need. According to a statement released by Statistics South Africa in August 2017, the number of people living in extreme poverty increased by 25.5% between 2011 and 2015. Even the community of Plumstead is affected by this. With this in mind, we wanted to make this community aware of the good work that organisations like DeLaria’s soup kitchen do.

“We are thankful that our Friends of Plumstead Library are assisting us in this endeavour – without them we would not be able to collect donations.

“Donations can be dropped off at the library and donors will be shown a box in which to place non-perishables.”V For more information about donations, call 021 797 7240.

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