Fire victims need mattresses

Residents of Overcome Heights informal settlement were devastated by a fire which destroyed 103 informal homes, leaving 263 people displaced more than a week ago.

Ieghsaan van der Schyff, Upcountry Feeding Hands, Ottery

After the fire at Overcome Heights last week a group of feeding schemes and businesses served food and handed out blankets to the fire victims (“Fire victims desperate to rebuild their homes – and their lives”, Southern Mail, September 22)

Organisations such as PRECO were handing out the breakfast; Ray of Love, served lunch and Upcountry Feeding Hands did the supper with soup ingredients sponsored by Azhar Timol and The South African Red Cross Society.

Three bakkie-loads of clothing were dropped at 93 Gladiola Street, Hillview to sort out. Azhar handed out 105 blankets on Tuesday night. And 95kg of instant maize meal was handed out on Wednesday, sponsored by Soul Food.

Two thousand packets of cake were also handed to the kids, donated by Spar Belhar and Western Cape Community Carers.

On Friday Guardians of Change handed out 102 grocery packs and veggie packs.

On Sunday almost 80% of the shacks were completed by victims themselves.

We are in desperate need of mattresses as victims are sleeping on the floor. If anyone wants to donate mattresses they can contact me on 074 322 9468.