St. Michael’s car park is the distribution of the Parishes Covid-19 food parcel project
The Parish Prayer Women’s League started the project with their own funds, seeing, that there is a huge need for support by members throughout the parish, who lost their source of income due to Covid-19 lockdown measures. As the annual Durban Circuit PWL Convention could not take place in June as usually due to the lockdown, the PWL Durban Central Parish decided to put the funds earmarked for this conference to good use by assisting those in desperate situations due to loss of income. Food parcels were organised by negotiating good prices due to buying in bulk and the beneficiaries could come to the St. Michael’s car park to fetch their foodparcel, which should help a family for 2-3 weeks with staple food. 25 Families received a much needed support in this way during the first round of distribution in May.
The second round of food parcels were donated by friends of the Parish and its former and present pastors – helpful friends from Durban, Cape Town and Germany. In this round in June 45 families received help, which was kindly supported by congregational leaders, who transported the food parcels from St. Michael’s to the different congregations church buildings, which were easier to reach for the grateful recipients.
The third round of donations was again financed by the same friends mentioned above, this time supplemented by a generous donation from the Durban Central Parish Account. Again – 45 families were supported in this activity, which took place in July.
We hope to carry on this food parcel initiatives for a few months, as the financial situation is not getting better, but rather worse for some of our members. We are very grateful for the generous donations by our friends. We are thankful, that with the help of our partner circuit Melle-GM Hütte in Germany, the next round of food parcel distribution (towards the end of August) is already accounted for regarding finances. For anyone wanting to support this initiative, please make your deposit into the following account:
Bank: Standard Bank
Name: ELCSA Durban Central
Acc. No.: 050094033
Reference: Covid-19 Food Parcels – Surname