By Asavela Mbali

An unemployed East London woman who runs a soup kitchen is appealing for donations to help make Christmas special for hundreds of disadvantaged children and their families.

Brenda Mazwi started Hope Lithemba Kitchen two years ago. She is now preparing for Christmas and is asking everyone to kindly donate whatever they can to help the people in need. 

“The reason for this project is to get all the families together, having something on the table. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small as long as they going to be preparing something for their families. I’ve seen so many families go without food on Christmas day, that’s why I decided to start with this program,” said Brenda.

Brenda gets donations from people on her social network platforms, including food and clothing.

“I have 450 kids 200 has been sorted out with food and gifts. 250 kids have nothing yet, so please I am asking for R20 for each child so that they can at least have a meal on the 15th of December at the Christmas party. I don’t want to leave any kid behind, I have the lists here with all the children’s names on so you can tick next to a child you want to sponsor after you have paid your R20,” she said. “Thank you in advance.”

Mazwi was born in Mthatha and grew up in East London, married and is the mother of a four-year-old. She started Hope Lithemba Kitchen in October 2018 using her own food and running it out of her home kitchen in Parkside, Second Creek.

“I start with the porridge in the mornings, Monday to Friday. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I feed people at 2pm. Tuesday and Thursday I polish children’s school shoes,” said Brenda.

Brenda calls people in their community when she is about to dish up for people, but other than that she operates the project alone.

If you wish to donate anything you can contact Brenda

Contact number: 0606162354

WhatsApp number: 0814006602

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