IT is sad to see many homeless people suffering, hungry and some barely naked while begging on the streets. An organisation for the homeless named Heavens Kitchen, has decided to take a stand and help those who are in need of clothing by spearheading a Men’s Clothing Drive.
Heavens Kitchen founder Kayleigh Symes said: “We are appealing to the community to assist us with men’s clothing namely shirts and trousers from size 30 to 38, socks and shoes from size seven to 10.”
Heavens Kitchen feeds about 150 homeless individuals on a Thursday night at Christ Church in Pinetown. “We always need assistance to serve and we also need meals sponsored. We aim to restore the self-worth and self-esteem of the adult street person by addressing their spiritual, physical and emotional needs. In doing so, we aim to help rehabilitate them back into society. Dignity is key for us, we do all of this for Yahweh our King.”
“Our hearts burn for the poor. The Bible talks about the poor so often and how important it is to look after them. I am motivated by Proverbs 14:31 that says [Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker].”
Heavens Kitchen was established in winter 2014 with the aim to assist the homeless.
“When we started we decided to cook soup or stews that have some nutrition in them. We started with only 20 people but it grew to about 80 and over 100 homeless people. I advertised on Facebook for groups to gather some donations for the feeding scheme but I was overwhelmed by plenty people who wanted to get involved in donating, serving, cooking and volunteering.”
“Once a month we supply the homeless with a goodie bag filled with toiletries, candles, matches, lip ice and tin food. We do this for a good cause to make their lives a bit easier on the streets.
“Our hearts beat for Yahweh, and by offering ourselves to serve the homeless, we extend ourselves as the hands and feet of the body of Christ,” said Symes.
“We are always in need of volunteers for a variety of tasks and duties, from serving to set up and social media management. Get in contact with us and see what you have to offer.”
For more information contact Kayleigh Symes on 079 298 8488 or e-mail email@example.com or visit the Facebook page titiled HeavensKitchen3610