Bring­ing re­lief to poor left in cold

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

HUNGER and cold im­pact deeply on the soul, es­pe­cially when par­ents can­not pro­vide food or warmth for their vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

It is dis­tress­ing and painful for par­ents to en­dure such sit­u­a­tions.

We as fel­low hu­mans can make a dif­fer­ence through prac­ti­cal, dig­ni­fied in­ter­ven­tions.

The Star and Gift of the Givers once again em­bark on our Win­ter Warmth part­ner­ship cam­paign, with sup­port of the In­de­pen­dent Me­dia, as well as Sho­prite/ Check­ers.

The aim is to de­liver a larger quan­tity of blan­kets, new cloth­ing, food parcels and pro­vide hot meals dur­ing cer­tain dis­tri­bu­tions. The Sho­prite Group has al­ready con­trib­uted 17 400 blan­kets and 7 000 food parcels to the cam­paign. Many more are ex­pected. Sup­port has also come in from the Fos­chini Group that has given us 40 000 blan­kets over the last few months, val­ued at R6 mil­lion, many of which have al­ready been dis­trib­uted.

The of­fi­cial cam­paign com­mences on Mon­day; cor­po­rates and the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to help us make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of so many vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our coun­try.

There are many ways to make a con­tri­bu­tion. We en­cour­age the pur­chase of food items, blan­kets or both. Do­na­tions can be dropped at Gift of the Givers or at In­de­pen­dent’s main branches in each re­gion of the coun­try. Al­ter­na­tively, these items can be pur­chased specif­i­cally at select Sho­prite/Check­ers stores in Gaut­eng, Dur­ban and Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, Western Cape and Kim­ber­ley. All items will be handed to Gift of the Givers to dis­trib­ute through­out the coun­try.

De­posit cash do­na­tions into Gift of the Givers’ ac­count: Stan­dard Bank, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, ac­count num­ber 052137228 and branch Code 057525. Send de­posit slips to sooli­man@giftofthe­givers. org. Sec­tion 18A tax cer­tifi­cates are is­sued on re­quest. For more de­tails, call Im­tiaz Sooli­man on 083 236 4029.

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