We have delivered every single item that has come in for community outreach across this “lockdown” term to all the various recipients. They have all said an enormous THANK YOU to everyone at Brescia House School for their continued support across a very stressful and challenging time.
Below is a summary of what has been delivered to date:
- 8 full bakkie loads of various donations including blankets, teddies and beanies, clothing, kitchen items and much needed empty yoghurt tubs to Kidshaven Drop-off centre (this excludes Brescia House School parents/alumnae who also made direct donations to Kidshaven themselves – of which there have also been many);
- 3 bakkie loads of t-shirts, board games, hand-painted flower-pots, hand-painted cushions and pillow cases, books and blankets to Cluny Farm Home for Intellectually Disabled adults plus 30 hand-written letters and drawings for various residents;
- 5 bakkie loads of long-life food, PPE, sanitisers, sanitary towels, baby blankets and beanies, adult blankets and beanies, teddies, clothing, shoes and toiletries to Witkoppen Clinic (this also excludes Brescia House School parents/alumnae who made direct donations to Kidshaven themselves – of which there have also been many);
- 2 bakkie loads of knitted teddies, stress balls and blankets to the Teddy Bear Clinic, plus the personal contributions of E. Parbhoo; M. Agbiriogu; Z. Sibiya and G. Michael to two GBV/women’s right awareness collaborative projects that will be launched next term;
- 1 bakkie load of DVD’s, videos and books to Childline’s Foster Care programme;
- I bakkie load of long-life food to Fr Blondel Centre in Diepsloot;
- 1 bakkie load of Christmas in July presents to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital;
- I bakkie load of Christmas in July presents to CHOC House, plus some beautiful, crocheted blankets and very cheerful hand-made artworks for the walls of their patients bedrooms;
- 50 hand-made baby blankets, each with a baby beanie and knitted teddy were delivered to the Baby Box Project;
- Staff and alumnae contributed towards monthly food and financial support to both our Street vendors – Tawanda (the bead man) and Christine (the crocheting lady);
- Grade 10 to 12 pupils wrote 32 individual letters and created artworks for the elderly residents at Nazareth House Old Aged Home;
- Staff knitted many wonderful scarves and hung them along the street outside our school on Mandela day for passers-by to take home with them
As you spend the next month at home, please continue to think about those less fortunate than ourselves. Kidshaven continues to run their soup kitchen and is desperate for empty, clean yoghurt tubs to allow them to give people food to take away. Obviously this also means they continue to need donations of long-life food as well if possible. Their drop-off centre is base at 300 Main Rd, near Sandton Clinic and is open Monday to Friday during normal working hours.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Plato