Month: August 2012

Living Grace has been warming the hearts of some of the homeless people in Muizenberg while handing out blankets that were kindly sponsored by Meredith Harrington Financial Services Tokai.

The staff bring a blanket and the company matches the staff donation. This year they donated 60 blankets.

Seen here is Joan de Jager from Living Grace in Muizenberg with one of the lucky recipients.

Living Grace is a ministry of Living Hope. For more information, contact them on 021 788 9702 or go to Living Grace, under Ministries.

Not only did adults give 67 minutes of  service to Living Hope  on Nelson Mandela Day, local students collected, assembled and labelled gifts for Living Hope to distribute to those in need.

We received baby gift packs from the Sun Valley Primary School grade 7 classes.  They undertook a great initiative of collecting baby items and putting them in a gift bag. Each gift bag contained soap, bibs, powder, nappies, baby gros, vest, booties, etc. We will use these gift bags for moms with new born babies and mom’s who join our support groups as part of our relationship building with them and by showing them that we care. We do baby and mother talks in the clinic and often we come across mothers who have absolute nothing for the their babies and they just live day by day hoping that someone will come their way and help them. As support group facilitators we are there to give these clients and our community hope. Before we hand over the gift bag, we will speak to the client and encourage the client and then pray with them.

Danielle Downes, Tiffany Klaase, Roxi Turner and friends from Kommetjie Pre-Primary collected and donated goodies. Don’t you love those sweet faces?

Also,  Fish Hoek Primary delivered beautifully wrapped boxes of tinned food. These have been packed into bags and will be distributed to those who are ill or have special needs. The non-perishable food packs were beautifully packed and labelled.

These gift packs are a blessing to our communities and we are extremely grateful to the schools for their practical way of celebrating Madiba’s birthday by helping the youngest of our communities.

*Thank you to Chantel Delcarme for contributing to this post.

Many local residents chose to spend their 67 minutes serving the clients and staff of Living Hope. Combined, our local community of volunteers logged over 24 hours worth of service.

“God Bless all those who gave a representative of the goodness that is so often hidden within the hearts of people – we had the privilege of being the recipients and it was truly a blessing,” Sandy Lovick, (Manager, Living Care).

Fifteen members of the South African Military Medical Corps from the Simonstown Sickbay served in the Living Way Health Care Centre Unit for 67 minutes which allowed mangers to provide a tea for their own staff and allow them 67 minutes away from the ward. The University of Delaware missions team also served the staff.

The medics assisted Living Care Manager, Sandy Lovick, with the hands on care of the patients while other servicemen served and helped feed patients while others cleaned windows, and swept and mopped the floors throughout the Unit.

A branch of the Navy attended to the gardens and sanded and varnished two benches for the verandah. They also presented us with a cake decorated with the Navy crest that was shared by patients and staff.

Adding sunshine as his 67 minutes, rollup blinds were fitted by Matthew Hare as his contribution to Mandela Day. These were to the value of R10,000.00, a tremendous assistance to the comfort of the patients.

Also in the Health Care Centre, staff members from Harcourts Property provided a collection of biscuits from their staff. Representatives shared a packet with each patient and left us with a bag full of packets for distribution at a later date.

Two young ladies from Masi arrived and asked what they could do and willingly emptied dustbins and mopped floors. A young man from Ocean View cleaned windows, which meant that every window had been cleaned by the end of the day!

Ladies of the Seven Day Adventist Church delivered a gift for every staff member to say thank you for what the staff do for others everyday as they work at Living Hope. As Living Hope continues to offer health care screenings, two teams from America assisted, making it possible to test 123 people in just over three hours.

Russel Rigter (volunteer) assisted with the co-ordination of Silvermine Academy who varnished Living Hope’s wooden bungalows at False Bay hospital and Liz Potgieter (volunteer) took the photos at False Bay hospital.

Jackie Boshoff cleaned out the Living Right room in Masiphumelele and Emily Aaserod-Oosthuizen assisted with packing grocery parcels that had been very kindly donated by a variety of donors throughout the day.

Thank you to all who served Living Hope for Mandela Day. Your 67 minutes has left a lasting impression.