Keeping the needy warm this winter

Phyllis Magda, of Table View, donates some unwanted clothing to Mr Chris Thwala, founder of Minds of Good Health, a non-profit that is collecting warm gear for the needy.

As temperatures start to dip, many of us will be reaching to the back of our closets for our winter woolies, but for the needy among us, preparing for the colder weather is not that easy.

That is why Minds of Good Health, a Bloubergstrand non-profit, is collecting coats, socks, caps, gloves, scarves, blankets, and other warm gear for its annual winter drive.

The non-profit also welcomes donations of sleeping bags, packets of soup and other dry foods, which will be distributed to people in Joe Slovo and Phoenix at the beginning of June.

Chris Thwala, the founder of Minds of Good Health, says he grew up very poor with his mother in a shack in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township. The shack had no electricity and they had to walk far to collect water.

“There were also moments where we never had food, and others would share with us.”

It’s those experiences, he says, that have made him determined to help the needy.

“I was cold and always sickly. I don’t want that to happen to any kid in SA. This is my effort to help where I can with your help.”

The non-profit is not asking for money, just unwanted winter gear, he says.

“All we ask is for you to check in your house for any clothes or blankets that could be useful to others if you are not using them. The cold in the shack is unbearable not to mention to kids who don’t have socks or shoes. I will be happy to collect the stuff wherever you are.”

Call 081 813 3446 or email to help.