The occupational therapy department at Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre is calling on the local community to helps its mission of spreading random acts of kindness during the festive season.
The spokesperson for Rand Aid, Cathy Grosvenor said, “The Rand Aid-run substance abuse centre plans to distribute care packages to those in need, and would love the community to come on board by donating items.”
The items needed include canned food, preferably with pull-off lids, dried goodies such as fruit sticks, crackers, rusks, biscuits and non-perishable staples such as mealie meal, samp, beans, pasta and rice.
Head of the centre’s occupational therapy department Kendra Neethling said, “The end of the year is often busy, overwhelming and stressful. Businesses wind down and people head off on holiday. But in the rush of our own lives, we often forget about the lives of others.
“The Wedge Gardens occupational therapy department and patients are aiming to make a small difference to those ending the year in a space of difficulty and hardship by putting together food packages for them.”
Neethling added that research showed that the smallest acts of kindness not only brought a sense of peace and gratitude to those on the receiving end but have numerous benefits for those doing the giving.
For more information, residents can call Kendra Neethling on 011 430 0320.