Your old items bring hope for many people in the community
Ons Winkel, Solidarity Helping Hand’s donation shop, has given hope to hopeless communities for the past ten years. From 6 to 13 May the donation shop in Centurion has collected a total of 4 233 kilograms of clothing as part of their birthday celebrations. Most of these will be handed out in the immediate vicinity to support indigent people.
“We give 80% of all donations we receive to orphanages, informal settlements, old age homes and other welfare organisations,” Angeline Wepener from the Centurion donation shop said. “The items that remain after we have supported all our partners are sold to establish study funds. We currently help five students to study.”
According to Wepener there are currently more than 100 organisations that comes knocking for help. The biggest help, especially when it is getting cold, is warm clothes and blankets. “And food,” Wepener said. “There are so many people starving. We cannot meet everyone’s needs.”
One of the organisations which receives help is the Musterion Ministry in Pretoria West. Riska Olivier has been head of the organisation since its existence in 2009. They currently look after 70 families daily. The indigent families receive food and clothes. According to Wepener there are up to 15 000 people who benefit from the donations which the organisation receives.
Ons Winkel also supplies work to twelve full-time employees, including an electrician who sells electrical appliances after testing, but besides the staff, the store has also established many entrepreneurs. John Mahlaba has been buying items at Ons Winkel since 2011 and then resold them. “I am grateful for the donation shop,” Mahlaba said. “If it wasn’t for Ons Winkel I don’t know what I would’ve done.”
Please visit one of Helping Hand’s 30 Ons Winkels across the country. The one in Centurion is at 86 Botha avenue, Lyttelton, or phone Angeline Wepener on 012 644 0162.