Tree of Joy col­lec­tion to start


The Ro­tary Club of Gra­ham­stown Sun­set will launch their an­nual Tree of Joy project this week. Look out for them out­side Pick n Pay, where they invite mem­bers of the pub­lic to accept re­quests for Christ­mas gifts for five or­gan­i­sa­tions that care for the aged, and for hand­i­capped chil­dren and adults.

This year, the Tree of Joy gifts will go to res­i­dents of the McKaiser Old Age Home, Salem Cross­roads and the York Street House, The Cor­ner House and pupils of Kuyasa Spe­cial Needs School. Re­cip­i­ents have filled in spe­cial cards with their re­quests for some Christ­mas cheer. Many of the re­quests are hum­bling - some sweets or ba­sic toi­letries, or items of cloth­ing.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to col­lect a card and pledge to pre­pare the gift for dis­tri­bu­tion by the Ro­tar­i­ans to the des­ig­nated re­cip­i­ents. Gifts should be to the value of R100-R150 al­though giv- ers are free to make their gift as gen­er­ous as they want to. Gifts should be wrapped and re­turned to the Tree of Joy ta­ble or to Wal­lace Phar­macy.

Ro­tar­i­ans will be at the Tree of Joy ta­ble from 4pm to 7pm on week­days and 9am to mid­day on Satur­days and Sun­days, start­ing Fri­day 13 Oc­to­ber.

Pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club of Gra­ham­stown Sun­set, Tim Dold said, “We’ve al­ways had amaz­ing sup­port from Gra­ham­stown res­i­dents for this project. It is touch­ing to see fam­i­lies com­ing to col­lect cards and mak­ing it a fam­ily project to give to those less for­tu­nate.

“Some­times young chil­dren come and of­fer to buy a gift. As Ro­tar­i­ans we are al­ways moved by the gen­eros­ity of ordinary peo­ple, and we also get to see the joy on the faces of the chil­dren and old folk who re­ceive the gifts.

“This re­ally is a won­der­ful project, and we’re grate­ful to ev­ery­one who con­trib­utes.”

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