Recycle your jeans at Denim Drive

Are you saving your favourite old denims in your cupboard in the hope that you will lose weight and be able to squeeze back into them? Or have you lost weight and now need to find a new home for your oversized denims?

The SOS Children’s Village in PE has a way that you can get rid of those denims and feel good about it at the same time – their Denim Drive.

Husband and wife David and Jaci Neale-Shutte, owners of Fresh The Laundry in Perridgevale, instantly fell in love with the Denim Drive project when they saw the pretty denim bags on offer at the SOS Children’s Village stall at the Medieval Fayre.

Then and there the decision was made to champion the charity’s cause for the improvement of vulnerable children’s lives in the metro.

All six Fresh The Laundry stores in Port Elizabeth have come on board as drop-off centres for unwanted denims – any shape and size – from members of the public.

LIFE-SAVING PROJECTS: The SOS Children’s Village helps women like Nombulelo Mfino by providing income-generating projects
LIFE-SAVING PROJECTS: The SOS Children’s Village helps women like Nombulelo Mfino by providing income-generating projects

These donated denims will be recycled into pretty and practical items such as handbags, laundry bags, aprons, tablet covers and patchwork denim teddy bears.

Following on the huge success of their 2012 campaign, SOS Children’s Village Port Elizabeth will once again this year be encouraging members of the public to support their Denim Drive.

“Donating your unwanted denims is made more convenient with the six drop-off points, along with the original one at SOS Children’s Village in Searle Road, Schauderville,” SOS Children’s Village Port Elizabeth fundraiser, Mandy Spies, says.

“Ultimately, the aim of the Denim Drive is to empower women from the income-generating programmes that are run through the SOS Family Strengthening Programmes and the Social Centres across South Africa.

“The denim items will be recycled into pretty and practical household and fashion items and then sold to generate an income for the women and their families.”

The women involved in these income-generation programmes are usually single parents, grandmothers or older siblings that are heading households as a direct result of the negative impact of HIV/Aids, other chronic illnesses, crime, substance abuse and other social ills on families.

“SOS Children’s Village Port Elizabeth supports 500 children within the NMB metro and we are reliant upon donors and supporters to render services and quality care to our beneficiaries.

“Our target groups are children facing significant risk of losing parental care and children who have already lost parental care,” Spies said.

For more information about the SOS Children’s Village Port Elizabeth and how you can get involved, contact Mandy Spies on Mandy.Spies@sos.org.za or (041) 451-2812.

-The Herald Reporter 

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