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Church happy to help

Places of worship play a big part in the development of communities and are often one of the few places people run to in times of need. When Pastor Kathleen Forbes of Immanuel Christian Ministries in Scottsville realised the magnitude of need in Scottsville during the current national lockdown, she decided not to sit back and let residents go without food.

Forbes, together with other members of the church, reached out to disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers for assistance. After months of trying to get help to donate food to residents, Forbes was still hopeful.

“It took Gift of the Givers two months to respond to our plea for help, but in the meantime, we were trying to find ways to help the people,” Forbes says.

“We were very happy when the organisation informed us that they would help.” To ensure that lockdown regulations were in place, Kraaifontein police were at the Dutch Reformed Church where the handout was done.

“The elders understand the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic and were disciplined in the sense that they wore masks and practised social distancing,” Forbes says.

Most of the beneficiaries are elderly members of Immanuel Christian Ministries; others were residents from other churches.

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