THE Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society (TCW) held a grocery hamper donation for 100 needy homes during the festive season to ensure needy families have food over the holidays.
TCW social work manager Jo Moodley said the hamper distribution was made possible due to the kind donations from the community during Donate a Can drives outside Golden Sun.
“These donations included non-perishables and money which was used to buy additional groceries for the hampers,” said Moodley.
“The hampers included rice, canned food, oil, beans and treats for the children so they could have something for the festive season.”
Moodley said this was aimed at also ensuring that children, who normally received meals during the school term because of the impoverished circumstances of their homes, had meals over the holidays.
“Many of the children from these families rely on the School Breakfast Programme for meals during the day and this hamper drive ensures there are groceries for them during this time,” said Moodley.
The hampers were distributed during a short programme at the TCW offices where the recipients were given talks on safety for them and their children during December.
TCW thanked the management and staff of Golden Sun, as well as the shoppers for their contributions which made the hamper drive a success, eThekwini Heart Centre for donating plastic bowls, Sagree Pillay for the shopping bags and non-perishable food items, Noorun Cassim for sweets, Silindile Zondi for chips and Beiersdorf.
“The hampers have made a real difference in the lives of these families and it brought huge smiles on their faces,” said Moodley.
“They were all extremely grateful to everyone who helped make these hampers a reality for them.”