Food parcels handed out to Gugulethu seniors

Senior citizens filled up the Masonwabe church in Gugulethu when The South African Red Cross Society donated food parcels.

The year 2020 has certainly been a devastating year for many families across the country. Some have lost their jobs while others were battling to put food on the table. But there were tears of joy and excitement when The South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) donated 100 food parcels to senior citizens in Gugulethu at Masonwabe Church on Friday December 11.

SARCS health officer Sibuyile Mangaliso , said their aim was to plough back to the community, particularly as the country faces the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the pandemic has in many ways enhanced the plight of many families living in poverty stricken communities. Through the donation, he said they wanted to make it little bit easier for the senior citizens during these difficult times.

“We don’t have much but the little that we have we must use to make a difference,” he said.

“’Putting a smile on the elders’ faces means a lot to us. We want to make a lasting impact to our people. Our role is to render help. We want these gogos to smile as well in this Christmas. We want to show them that they are still loved and appreciated. This is certainlynot the last time that we come here, we will come and show our unwavering support.”

Mr Mangaliso said December is traditionally a month for giving, but as this has been a year like no other, they decided it was important for them to contribute to putting a smile on the seniors’ faces.

Reverend Ntambozoxolo Nkomo, pastor in charge at Masonwabe church, said he was grateful that the society had donated food parcels to the community and that their role as the church was not only to preach but also to intervene when the community needed help.

He said this year had been one of hardest and most devastating years for many families across the country and with this kind of donation at least there would be smiles.

“I have no words to thank the Red Cross. Seeing elders’ smiles fulfils the aim of this church. For some families, the food parcel would be the only food they receive for this December,” he said.

Nokuzola Dlulane said she was grateful that, for the next few days, she would not have to worry about food.

She said this year has been one of the toughest years and while the donation might seem like a drop in the ocean but it goes a long way to help those who have very little.

Representative of Abathunywa Ministers Fraternity, Bishop Zamokuhle Mfihlo, said it was time that they “take the pulpit to the community” because the churches should be playing a pivotal role in changing the community its serves and combating gender-based violence and crime.