Christmas 2014

For this Christmas we planned parties in Orange Farm and Soweto for the children, assistence to the elderly in Brixton and needy families in Evaton West.

As usual, and somewhat expected, the children’s parties were more than well attended. In Orange Farm we had planned and prepared for 200 to 250 children but ended up entertaining 350 children. The Soweto party was attended by 150 boys and girls.

In Orange Farm Antoinette did a puppetshow with a meaningful Christmas message for the children which they loved. It was amazing to see how captivated they were and how easy it was to keep their attention. We did our best not to overload the huge jumping castle we had hired and used in both locations. This turned out to be quite a challenge as the children were so excited and couldn’t wait to get a turn. We could have used 10 more jumping castles; they were in such demand. Though it was hard to keep up with everyone, the games of dodgeball and basket ball, waterfun, or other circle games helped.

We prepared a meal and juice for each child. Volunteers from the community helped to prepare and distribute the meal and a small gift pack with colouring books and pencils, a stationary sets and  snacks to take home and enjoy.

Thanks to a donation we received from the National Lottery Board we were able to purchase some food items that would help needy families make it through the holiday season. We added the dry goods donations we have been receiving from a supermarket to make 50 quite sizable packets together for families in Evaton West. Each included 5 kg maize meal, 2 l oil, 2 kg sugar, oats and cereal, fruit juice squash, a jar of Nutella and can of corn syrup, spices and various assorted snacks as well as some stationary. The families were overjoyed.

We served an extra special meal to the elderly that we have been visiting throughout the year. We added fruit and a snack to the chicken curry stew, rice and vegetables we usually serve. Each of the more than 100 elderly also received a small gift of a bar of soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste a company had donated for them, and a Christian magazine. In addition to this, we passed out 12 hampers to the elderly in a smaller complex in Coronationville which is never visited by anyone.

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