Face­book group bless­ing oth­ers

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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.

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