Last weekend, Hearts to Hands and CAST held a Blanket Drive Campaign at The Village Market Centre. This campaign was linked to the Fitcampathon Winter Warmth Program in which participants have free entry into the Fitcampathon but are asked to donate a blanket towards those that are less fortunate this winter.
The day brought in about 200 participants who donated about 250 blankets as well as clothes. Hearts to Hands even managed to recruit some potential future volunteers for the ministry.
One of the highlights of the day was when a team of “rough and tough” Harley Davidson crew pitched up to take part in the Fitcampathon, holding a heap of blankets for the homeless in their hands…big men with big hearts!
Another highlight was having both the Westville Times and the Highway Mail interested in covering the story of the day. It’s awesome to know that the community is getting more involved in what CAST is doing.
The biggest outcome of the day was that Village Market has decided to adopt Hearts to Hands as it’s CSI Project – which means they will be giving the ministry exposure in the centre for all projects we want to run. This will include our Christmas Lovebox Project and 1000 Snowflakes Foodparcel Campaign, both set to take off in the next couple of months. The Woolworths branch in the centre has also offered to donate frozen foods towards our food parcel recipients, which is a huge blessing for the ministry.
The blankets and clothes were distributed to families and food parcel recipients throughout some of our communities during intentional outreach days at KwaDabeka and Noordsberg – the heart of Jesus is so evident when we witness the joy that blessing others can bring.
We are very excited for what God has in store for the Hearts to Hands ministry and so grateful for the contributions people made towards our Blanket Drive.
Watch this space for the next campaigns!