Hundreds lined up for free clothes at the Balmoral Pre-primary School on Saturday morning. The occasion was the first Street Store of the Balmoral Pre-School, an international initiative which allows the needy to ”shop” for free of charge. The clothing, shoes, and accessories were divided into men’s, women’s and children’s.
Head of Department, Celitha Korf said they asked children from each class to donate clothes towards the initiative. “Its a great idea, we are serving the community and it is really lovely to give. This was a competition between the classes and we asked the parents to donate clothes and the class that donated the most won pizza. After we were done collecting we sat with this huge amount of clothes and we thought we should just spend this day to hand it out to the needy people.”
Mandy de Villiers also helped with organising the event. She said they were also assisted by local companies to reward the children and in total collected over 6000 clothing items. “We had some local companies as sponsors and gave prizes for the winning classes and we had so much support from the community and all the parents have been amazing. There are so many needy children, and people in this town that do not have clothing especially now in winter that we decided we are so privileged and we wanted to collect the items. The moms and dads donated so many items and more were coming even last week and we really had a lot of clothes to give to all the people that need it.”
She said the children had enjoyed being part of the initiative. “We started collecting the clothes at the beginning of last term. Its been fantastic, the children have been so involved, they have been so excited about it, every time they came to school they brought a bag of clothes and got some sweeties and they loved it.”She indicated that they hope to host more Street Stores in the future. “This is going to be the first of many to come.” She said.
The people were delighted with the clothes received. Llewellyn Andrews collected clothes for his daughter. “The crèche is helping people who cannot afford clothes. There are people who do not work and do not have much so I appreciate what they have done. I came here with my son and we also took some items for his sister who could not come with us today.” Nothobile Mhlathi said she had selected some warm clothing for her grandchildren. “ I just came here to get some clothes for my two grandchildren. They will be so happy with the clothes i have chosen for them,” She said.