It is traditionally the season of giving and so the recently re-opened Breath of Life place of safety is hoping East Londoners will donate unwanted men’s, women’s and baby clothing into the bright yellow wheelie bins that are dotted around town.
Once collected, the garments will stock the Ithemba Charity Shop, now situated on the corner of Plumbago and Phoenix Drive opposite the Braelyn Traffic Department.
“The donations are important to us because the sales at the Ithemba shop help to keep us running,” said Breath of Life’s Michelle Rielly, who, together with her estate agent husband Andrew, took over as house parents of the home for abandoned and unwanted babies at the beginning of September.
The couple are responsible for the well-being of four tiny babies aged between three and seven weeks who have been named Amy, Alec, Aaron and Alister and who were given up for adoption at the hospital.
“We started to name the babies with A’s to start at the beginning.
“We still have space for two more babies,” said Rielly.
The NPO, which falls under the Restore Trust of Stirling Baptist Church, relied on the “great support” from East Londoners.
Rielly said it was possible to help the place of safety which cares for babies until suitable forever homes are found for them, by donating via monthly stop orders, but that funds from the charity shop sales also helped take care of their needs and the salaries of eight caregivers. The yellow bins are located at: RB Africa; 47 Beach Road, Nahoon; Harcourts Advantage; 15 Stewart Drive, Baysville Mambo’s Plastic Warehouse; 14 Warren Road, Vincent; and Sanan’s Fruit & Veg; 28 Street, Cambridge.
Please call Michelle Rielly at 043722-1670 for more information. — barbarah@ Garcia