Facebook group blessing others
TO SHOW their dedication to helping the needy through charity, the Blessings From Me To You Facebook group has brought together strangers to assist the East London community.
It all began in 2016 when Louise Leendertz Torr started a charity drive after she heard a devastating story of a woman who had lost all her belongings in a heavy rain.
“I was an administrator on Crime Spotter Buffalo City when I heard about a lady who was getting kicked out in the rain with a little child.
“Her furniture, clothing, everything was damaged due to the heavy rain,” she said.
This story inspired her to start the Facebook group, which is aimed at assisting those in need.
“A voice came into my head telling me to start a helping group around East London, so I founded People in Need East London.
“Similar pages opened up with almost the same name as our group and people got mixed up as to who is who.
“I changed the name then in January 2017 to Blessings From Me To You East London SA,” she said.
Since starting the cause, Torr said she had received tremendous support from family members and the East London community.
“Without my husband Llewellyn‘s help, I would not be able to do as much for the community. He is my strength.
“Laurika Olivier is a member I met through this group and she also became my rock when times were getting tough.
“My daughter Delicia Schoenfeldt and Wilma Preston are also there to help me to sort items when families are in need,” she said.
She said that the group reached out to people from as far as King William’s Town.
“We also do enquiries about families before we help them as I know plenty of people want to waste their money on booze and drugs and then expect a hand-out to see them through.
“We have a Winter Drive where we go to villages like Kaiser's Beach, where I know there are no other charities doing outreaches.
“Our problem is that we need more community members to be involved in helping us with food items, as we supply food parcels every second week to families who request help from us.
“We have opened up a charity store in West Bank, our rental is about R3 300 per month and is not supported much by the public yet.
“We are battling to pay rent,” she said.
Any money left over is used to buy food items.
Any clothes or household items the public no longer require can be donated to T Mel’s Market, 8A Alexander St, West Bank.
The items can be dropped off at Mel’s Market but must be clearly identified as going to Team Blessing’s Louise Torr.