This year has been off to a great start! We are so grateful for the work that we get to do in our community.
This project continues to provide weekly dry foods and gas to our 70 community kitchens, as well as other food items such a vegetables. Have a look at the below thank you from one of our community leaders:
“We want to take opportunity to say thank for the food and healthy veggies that we receive from you on a weekly basis. It helps the poor families that have nothing to live off. May our God give you strength to carry on serving our community. Thank you to our donors, on behalf of our entire community.” - Jessie Nkohla, Green Apple school and soup kitchen
Our sandwich project continues, with hundreds of sandwiches being sent out each week to Early Learning Centres in the impoverished communities that we serve. This year we have been able to send out 25 329 sandwiches so far.
How is it already the end of the year? We are so blessed by everything we have been able to do this year.
Throughout the year we have supplied weekly gas and dry food to our 70 community kitchens that we support. These kitchens cook for the needy members in their communtiies. This has served milllions of meals to those who need it most.
Our Love Sandwiches project is closed for the holidays as all the schools are now closed, but we have managed to distribute over 55 000 sandwiches this year, which is incredible as this is the first year we have run this project.
Every November, we run a project called Buckets of Blessing where we fill plastic buckets with non-perishable food items to bless families in need during the festive season. This year we were able to hand out 600 buckets! That is the most we have ever done and we are so grateful to all those who supported.
Thank you for taking the time to check in with us. We look forward to everything that is in store for 2022.
We are reporting from South Africa, where we have just celebrated Spring Day, the start of our Spring season, and we are trusting that this Spring will be filled with growth and new life as we continue our various projects.
We continue with our Love Sandwiches project that provides sandwiches to creches (play schools) in the underprivileged areas that we serve. Through this we have been able to hand out over 35 000 sandwiches! What a blessing to those children, who for some their sandwich they receive is their only meal of the day.
We also continue to support our 70 soup kitchens, who feed their communities, of which majority receiving food are children. These community kitchens receive dry foods and gas (for cooking) from us on a biweekly basis, and through these kitchens we have served over 2,3 million meals since the beginning of our Covid lockdowns which started last year March.
Thank you so much for your support of this project. It is only with the help of people like you that we are able to continue doing the work we do. We are so grateful to be a part of serving our communuity and loving the people who need it most.
It’s been a year since the pandemic reached our shores and everything changed. 2020 was a year of adaptation & coming up with creative, innovative ways to keep impacting lives & tending to the welfare of the poor. The result was one of our most impactful years to date.
To date we have managed to hand out 2 million meals to those in need in our city, through our incredible soup kitchen leaders who serve their comminities. The 70 soup kitchens continue to receive gas and food from us each week in order to cook and feed those in need around them. Majority of the people receiving food are children.
Many of these soup kitchens also run creches in their areas where they feed the children at the creche, and we are so grateful to be able to partner with these Early Learning Centres. Our Love Sandwiches project, which was launched in January this year, serves many of these creches with sandwiches for the children and to date we have been able to distribute 16 534 sandwiches!
Thank you to all those who have supported and continue to support this project. We are so grateful and so are the many lives that have been blessed.
Hardship is an everyday truth. Poverty for many is a way of life. It’s this reality that inspired us to open Love Story eight years ago. Nothing could have prepared us for the pain we have seen in our community over the years. Stories of families losing their homes in fires, mothers birthing babies into extreme impoverishment, children living in drain pipes, addicts dying alone on the street and the list goes on. It’s these human circumstances that drive us, that cause us to sit up, listen and find solution.
The beauty of this is that the solution almost always is the community itself. It’s through the generous donations of finance, resources and volunteerism that we’ve been able to feed hundreds of thousands of people, revamp hospital wards, build early learning centers, clothe hundreds of newborns and distribute blankets, clothing and groceries to thousands of people in need. We have learned that our impact is only as significant as the generosity of our community and because of this we can proudly say that our impact is immense!
We experienced an unprecedented level of support during the difficult months of lockdown. Our daily mandate at Love Story usually takes on the appearance of large crowds through our feeding schemes. When lockdown restrictions were instated we could no longer gather people which meant hundreds of homeless people going without food each day. Government restrictions limited our operation for the first few weeks and we sat dormant waiting on breakthrough. With the economy under pressure we expected financial donations to come to a stand still.
A few days into lockdown one of our main corporate sponsors informed us of an incredible food product that could be purchased affordable in bulk and that they would pay for the first lot if we could distribute it. After the first distribution of a few hundred kilograms, and faced with the desperation of the recipients, we realized that we could not stop there!
We immediately launched an online campaign encouraging our supporters to give financially so that we could continue to feed the hungry. Within the first ten days of our “Lockdown Campaign” we raised enough to serve 70 000 meals - this was the beginning of April. By the end of May we had served 350 000 meals and by September we had reached 1 million meals. Our soup kitchens grew from 15 sites to over 70 as community leaders from all over starting setting up little feeding schemes to meet the needs in their neighborhoods. We saw our community give everything they could even though it was a time of loss and shortfall for all.
Thanks to the overwhelming support from individuals from all around the world, churches and corporates, we have now served 1,5 million meals during lockdown.
During the world’s darkest hour, we witnessed a beautiful shift in humanity, an overwhelming kindheartedness, a literal example of light piercing the darkness and enveloping it.
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