Portrait of a boy kneeing on the ground and drawing into the sand
This is a lovely little story about a generous granny who spent her time knitting for the children of the SOS Childrens Villages Nelspruit, South Africa:
Mpumalanga is known as the place of the sun, but in winter the sun hides and the cold chill is harsh for little arms and legs.
Near Nelspruit, in the town of Lydenburg, an 85-year-old granny called Mrs Meyer knows all about the devastating effects that winter chills can have on young children. This is why she hand knitted 100 jerseys for the children at SOS Children's Village Nelspruit.
"This winter our children are once again snuggling up in her beautiful colourful creations," says Soka Matlala, who works at the SOS Children's Village. Mrs Meyer donates hand knitted jerseys every winter.
The past three years, Mrs Meyer drove from Lydenburg to Nelspruit every winter to deliver her donations in person, but this year she was not able to make her annual trip to Nelspruit due to old age. The village director took some of the children from the village to collect her donations. The children spent the afternoon with their "granny" at her cottage and were treated to tea and muffins. The children gave Mrs Meyer fresh flowers as a token of appreciation.
"Thank you Mrs Meyer for warming our hearts and we hope God gives you strength to carry on," say the children.