Hearts of needy touched by donor

LYDENBURG – Tears of joy flowed freely as residents of the former Lelievlei camp, now known as Soli Deo Gloria, received various sponsored items from all over the province after an article about the dire need of the people living there appeared in Steelburger/Lydenburg News.

The newspaper was present on Wednesday morning when an anonymous donor from Groblersdal brought two bakkieloads of food, toiletries and other essential items for the residents of this shelter. The donor also dropped off the meat of two wildebeest and a pig. Residents and

Residents and managers of the camp could not hold back the tears as the goods were being unloaded and carried into the camp’s hall. They broke out into song, singing “Ons sê baie, baie dankie!”

Children and adults hugged the donor and thanked him for his unconditional help. Manager, Gerda Venter, explained with eyes brimming with tears that it was a huge responsibility to be liable for the well-being of all the 70 residents living there. “This is

“This is Godly ground. We would not be able to do it without God’s help. We are constantly on our knees. This is a huge blessing.”

She said caring for the residents is an ongoing concern. “Anything of which we have more than what we need, we share with other charity organisations in town. We also try and help wherever we can.”

A wonderful surprise was discovered in one of the boxes that had arrived – freshly baked rusks. Residents were smiling with joy at the sight, and children gleefully accepted a treat each.

Although donations of a considerable number of food items, clothing and bedding were warmly welcomed, there is still a need for furniture. “When people hear the word furniture, they think of a whole lounge suite. “What we mean, in fact, is any chair or table standing around that someone does not need.”

The shelter previously suffered enormous damage to its reputation on account of mismanagement but is now trying its utmost best to blot out any negativity with regard to the former Lelievlei name. Venter said all those at Soli Deo Gloria cannot begin to express their gratitude towards the sponsors who came forward to help after the camp had been left in a sorry state.

For more information on Soli Deo Gloria, or on how to make any donations, contact Venter on 072-402-6595.

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Narda Vermaak
Journalist

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