HOMELESS: Community keeps spreading the warmth

Thokazani Dube, Thokoza Dube and Zakele Khumalo with some of the donated items.

Imagine living on the streets, being forced to scrounge for food while fighting off nature’s elements.

Imagine trying to fall asleep in the bitter winter, shivering with cold as your stomach grumbles with hunger. Imagine your father, mother, or even your grandparents living under a bridge to find shelter.

Over the past month, the plight of a small band of homeless people living under a bridge in Hardwick Street has touched the hearts of the Newcastle community.

Like the proverbial troll under the bridge, these people had at first been shunned and ignored, until their bitter fight for survival was brought to light. Now, thanks to caring Newcastle residents, these people have found that compassion and understanding are still alive and well.

Further donations were dropped off at the Newcastle Advertiser and Newcastle Sun’s offices over the past two weeks with enough clothing, blankets and canned food brought to the Advertiser to keep the homeless warm and to ensure their lives were not lost due to hypothermia.

The response has been so overwhelming that a number of baby and women’s clothing was donated to the cause. The baby and women clothing was donated to the Samaritan House Pregnancy Crisis Centre.

A huge thank you must go out to everyone who made a contribution, especially Scott Street Mall Pick n Pay, where a trolley has been allocated to aid the homeless.

Through the town’s generosity, the homeless have realised they are not alone.

Quinton Boucher

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