Blanket drive aims to keep the disadvantaged warm this winter
With the winter chills kicking in, many disadvantaged people were left in the cold without proper clothes or blankets to keep them warm.
Naledi Zondi, a young visual artist from Pinetown started an initiative to collect blankets and donate them to people in need.
Naledi said that she started by putting out posters on social media and asking her followers to repost them on their social media pages, and before she knew it the initiative started getting noticed by many people.
“I was really taken aback by people’s support because it’s hard financial times and many people don’t have money, but still people managed to donate.” said Naledi.
With the COVID-19 pandemic happening and the nation’s current lockdown regulations, Naledi said she felt the need to help out in some way.
“There are so many things that are happening and I felt useless because usually when there’s a problem I want to fix it, so I kept thinking of ways that are realistic that I could help, my plan was always to contribute somehow,” she added.
Working alongside some non-government organisations (NGO’s) such as Hope in clothes, Being a woman, Chesterville home for women and children, and Open door crisis centre, Naledi was able to identify families and groups of people in need.
They then worked together in distributing the blankets to people. Through the blanket drive, Naledi also received clothes and masks donations.
Picture: Naledi Zondi