Voices of Pietermaritzburg Angels
We are a Facebook group called Voices of Pietermaritzburg and from this growing group a charity has been initially formed by 2 of the admin. Michelle and Deidre, both volunteers. We started in November 2017 with the intention of handing out a soap and facecloth to people in need, as a gift to open on Christmas day and we ended up holding a food drive and sending out over 80 food and goody bags. We then started a Back2School drive and helped over 50 students, including tech and varsity, with a basic stationery pack. Throughout the year we have collected #preloved clothes, shoes, baby clothes, bedding, linen, toys, books etc. We hold food drives and bake and book sales to fund raise. Deidre and Michelle are blessed to have a fantastic team of supporters #VolunteerAngels who donated their time and their baking. We have "ears to the ground" in countless areas and have assisted families locally, in Empangeni, Greytown, Ashburton, Camperdown, Elandskop, Boston and Underberg. People who have had tragedies like a break in or a fire are assisted with clothes and whatever else we have, that they may need. We even assist and work closely with many other local charities - we believe if we have, and there is a need, we will assist. The most recent scheme, headed by Deidre, has been to "Feed Matrics" - some days she sends out over 200 sandwiches and if we have, a piece of fruit. We put on a plea and the community and local businesses are amazing. It is all about community. None of our volunteers receive a stipend and we are self-funded but have reached the point where it is just getting too big and we need help. Our Facebook page link is https://www.facebook.com/angelsofvop/ and you can get the link to our group from there too.