Thanks for generous donations

January 7, 2008 at 10:43 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

By the end of last year I was pretty disillusioned with this world. Too many people hurt, too many bad things happening.

Although I had a pretty good-ish year there was too much pain, sorrow and selfishness for me to be at my bubbly best when the festive season rolled around.

But then something happened that restored my faith in humanity somewhat. People gave. They gave generously. They gave wholeheartedly.

A friend and I decided to gather some goodies for those less fortunate and Project Santa Cause was soon underway.

I figured a few people might donate some cans and packs of rice but the response was overwhelming and I was completely blown away.

To say I was surprised would be an understatement – even though I know there are good people in the world I didn’t know there were so many of them around me.

We managed to fill two cars with groceries for two places – Colleen’s Place of Hope and Ons Plek (Our Place) – both shelters for young kids.

At both places the kids were wary and regarded us with suspicion but when they saw we were simply giving stuff just for the sake of giving their smiles could’ve lit up the entire Mother City it was so bright.

At Colleen’s Place they’d been wondering what they would have for supper but when they saw the bread and cheese we’d brought they knew they had something to eat. So on Christmas Eve the 30 children at Colleen’s Place had bread and cheese for supper. Yes, on Christmas Eve. (Usually I wouldn’t admit it but there were more than just kids with tears in their eyes that night.)

I really didn’t know the project would be so successful. I even doubted whether we’d get any response but we did and I don’t know how to thank those who gave so much in a time when interest rates are rising faster than global warming-induced temperatures.

The only thing I can do is say thank you. Thank you for the children. Thank you for making me realise the world has good people and that sometimes you just have to look a bit to find them. Thank you for helping me end 2007 on a very positive note.

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