Submitted by: Byron MacDonald
For over 12 years the MacDonald family of Belhar, Cape Town, have been sharing cooked meals with the underprivileged and homeless. They have been doing this with help from friends and were funding this out of their own pocket until 2019 when a local corporation stepped forward to give them much-needed relief in the form of food donations. Through networking they have had many individuals offer assistance to help feed the growing numbers of those in need.
The blessings they receive, in the form of much love from their Wednesday family, is worth every single cent spent and every minute given.
Sharon, supported by her husband, Edward, registered their soup kitchen as a non-profit organisation in August 2019. Proud son, Byron, has seen his parents leading in their example of always doing “good” and uplifting those around them. Their willingness to help others has not been without personal sacrifice, but the blessings they receive, in the form of much love from their Wednesday family, is worth every single cent spent and every minute given. They love serving others and this shines through when you see them interacting, sharing, laughing, and loving, during their soup kitchen evenings.
An average of 450 people arrive every Wednesday and queue outside the Saint Mary Magdalene Church for these home-cooked plates of nourishment and love. For most of them this their only real meal of the week and the appreciation is felt as the feeling of comradeship replaces that of desperation.
This #ImStaying family are shining examples of doing the most to bless those around them.
At Easter and Christmas they make the experience extra special. Each person is given a chicken meal, potato salad, pasta, cake, cooldrink, AND a present for the children.
Easter is looming and they are hoping they will be able to provide a beautiful experience for all their “Wednesday Family”.
This #ImStaying family are shining examples of doing the most to bless those around them. They have a love for the community and feel the pain of those who do not have as much as they do, so they share what they can.
Edited by: Michelle Pagel
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I’m a lover of words, of mentoring, networking, and helping my fellow man to ‘learn to fish’. Driven by a hunger to never stop learning, I have a passion for adventure and travel, sundowners and laughter with good friends. At the end of the day what brings great delight to my life are my young adult sons.
Quote: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela