A big thank you to all who supported our dignity drive. We received over 350 bags back which were distributed largely on two days in December. The first was an early morning drop off on the 8th of December. We met together loaded our cars and went to the streets searching for people in need. It was wonderful watching in your rearview mirror as people opened up their bags – we saw big smiles, dancing and the occasional person trying to chase us down to say thank you. Of course there were a few that were ungrateful and rude, but that doesn’t make us stop giving. It just reminded us that when we receive that its not always because we asked or deserve good things its just because the giver wants to give.
The second drop off happened at the Methodist feeding Scheme in Greyville. Up to 300 people come daily to the scheme to get a meal and on Thursday 10 December they received more thank what they came for. Big smiles and dancing was seen again – and plenty of attempts to get a second bag. Here we had a chance to chat with the people receiving the donations and even explain some of the products. We expected questions on what the waterless hand cleanser was (an obvious luxury item)! When we explained it they men were thrilled! But the one thing that saddened me was the question of what is shampoo? this to me is not a luxury. this is something i don’t think twice about whether i should buy it or not – its a given! A lesson in just how privileged we are… Dwight D. Eisenhower said “A people that values privileges above principles soon loses both”. Let’s continue this year to be a people who give, who love the marginalised and care for those less fortunate and we will see Durban the way it was meant to be.