Warm needy hearts

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KEEPING WARM : Assist the Community Chest in collecting warm clothes for those in need. Picture : SUPPLIED
KEEPING WARM : Assist the Community Chest in collecting warm clothes for those in need. Picture : SUPPLIED

THE Community Chest of the Eastern Cape will once again host the winter campaign Winter Woolly Week (WWW), where they invite East London people to donate their warm clothes for the needy.

WWW focuses on the collection of clothing, blankets and toys and it increases every year. Individuals, companies and schools donate items of clothing that bring winter warmth to many to the needy.

Community Chest does not only get clothing but they also get financial, moral and logistical support from sponsors for which they are very thankful. The campaign starts on this Monday and will run until Friday.

The project was established 21 years ago in Port Elizabeth. Nampak Eastern Province Box is donating boxes to the Community Chest so people can drop off their donations.

“This is a chance where individuals can share whatever they have for those who are vulnerable. They [homeless and needy] have nothing. Their predicament is often caused by situations beyond their control. They are not lazy – some of them [our beneficiaries] are physically disabled,” Community Chest CEO Beula Lumnkwana said.

Last year, the organisation collected 1000 bags of clothing and 200 blankets.

“Friday June 10 being the collection day from 6am to 8am in the morning, we would like to invite everybody who is on their way to work that morning to drop their donations at the nearest intersection,” Lumnkwana said.

They will be at the following intersections for morning collection: Settlers Way by the airport, Chamberlain Road and Devereux Avenue and Gately and St Peters in Southernwood.

Other drop-off points are: All Caltex garages, Spargs Beacon Bay, Spargs Greenfields, Vincent Park Shopping Centre Information Kiosk, SuperSpar Vincent and the Community Chet office in 18 Muir Street, Southernwood.

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