Group brighten lives of the elderly

HELPING HAND: Members of Women Manyano Circuit 313, of the Amalinda Methodist Church, along with caretakers of the DJ Sobey Old Age Home, display the two tables of items the Methodist Church members donated to the elated elderly residents at the home after the home received a donation from the Methodist Church Picture: SIVENATHI GOSA

Members of Women Manyano Circuit 313 of the Amalinda Methodist Church brightened the day for DJ Sobey Old Age Home residents last week by donating bedding essentials, toiletries, scarves, beanies and snacks.

The circuit’s Citizen Christian Services’ (CCS) Zukiswa Mjila said they  had adopted the old age home as part of their community project.

“The beanies and scarves were knitted by the members of Women’s Manyano,” Mjila said.

“Last month, we spent a day with an elderly woman at Nompumelelo informal settlement where we cleaned her house,” said Mjila, adding it was not the first time they had done this.

CCS’s Evergreen Rhulumeni said: “We have decided to visit these elderly citizens because we want to show them that they are still loved and appreciated.

“They are like our own parents, and maybe one day when we have reached that stage, we will also be in old age homes like them.”

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DJ Sobey resident Rose Basson, 87, expressed gratitude on behalf of the home.

“I would like to thank God for this beautiful deed because if it wasn’t for His will, I don’t think the Women’s Manyano would have visited us,” she said. “We truly appreciate that they sacrificed their time to be with us.

“God taught all of us to love one another, regardless of gender, race or age. That is what these women have done.” ,” said Basson.

Mjila said: “We have also adopted a school, Sakhikamva Primary School in Nompumelelo informal settlement.

“We donate sanitary towels, school uniforms, stationery, and before exams we visit the school and conduct a prayer session for the pupils,” she said.

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