Kindness from strangers, when most needed, is like a toddler receiving a teddy bear to guard them against the dark. All of us who suffered the Great Knysna Fire have been delivered hugs in different forms. I’ve been too practical to cry but there were two ladies who cried for me. From the coffee i made at 3am to the takkies i wore the whole of last week, signs of goodwill are everywhere.
During the crisis i was in my own crisis. However, donated money got me daily to restaurant wif-fi after spending nights under different roofs. That enabled me to assist, including fielding questions from people outside our town who wanted to help. One truck landed up at Knysna High School whilst the rest were directed to Gift of the Givers where i could see that Emily and Meloney were doing a good job on the second floor of the Checker’s car park.
I got to guide the AWAMB film crew which, because of their wheels, gained me good grasp on what had happened to our town. Twice, i’ve taken donation deliverers on tours to the hardest struck areas so that they would gain understanding and photo proof that they were helping victims of definitive destruction. This allowed me to show my area of Kanonkop, seemingly the hardest hit by percentage yet mostly ignored by the press.
A group of young Moslems from Cape Town raised 8 tons from their friends. After their tour, we found the rest of their group helping a retired couple on the corner of Templeman Drive erect a fence so as to protect the possessions they’d stored in their garage before their house had burnt down.
Yesterday, i met Renier and Alecia who’d driven from Mosselbay to deliver a boot full of Amway products from their friends in Secunda. Yes, Secunda! 1400km later, fueled by well wishes, Knysna’s homeless were being delivered quality products from toothpaste to pasta. They found their way to me because Knysna Municipality told them no deliveries were being accepted on the weekend. That’s ok, because it’s not just the Municipality’s responsibility, and hasn’t been since the beginning. Although our community spirit was inflated by the media, it’s certain that people stood up to be counted. Some of the best people are those who, when their hands are already full, volunteer to do more. It’s the few that are amazing.
I believe KNYSNA FAMILIES IN NEED (KFN) is a project which can grow. I particularly appreciate the practical idea of those in need receiving a monthly voucher. That ties nicely into this AMWAY group who would like to donate monthly. Consequently, i’m passing on these donations and the contact to KFN where i’m sure they’ll be fairly distributed… and yes, i’m hoping one of those parcels stays with me 🙂