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Spread the cheer with these South African Christmas outreach initiatives

Christmas is the time for giving and goodwill, and it’s not too late to reach out and makes someone’s day. Or Week.

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We’ve rounded up some of the outreach initiatives happening around the country this week. There are many ways to give back to the community: through monetary donations, by donating goods and supplies or your time.


Food Not Bombs Jozi and CLAW

Where: Durban Deep and surrounds
Contact: Food Not Bombs Facebook Page and CLAW Facebook page

“Food Not Bombs Jozie serves fresh veg food on Saturdays to mainly refugee miners, the homeless around the streets of Johannesburg and mobile runs. We also supply those in need with clothes and other supplies.”

The anarchist collective consists of activists and artists from around Johannesburg and serves the community, in collaboration with CLAW Roodepoort. Donate shoes, clothes, blankets, food, toiletries, toys, kids clothes, etc.

Nosh Food Rescue

Where: Witpoortjie, corner of Michael Brink Street and Corlett Ave, outside Dr Havinga Primary School.
Contact: Reach out to Hanneke through the Nosh Food Rescue Facebook page.

Nosh Food Rescue was started by Hanneke Van Linge three years ago and aims to reduce food insecurity by salvaging and redistributing food by partnering with retail stores.

Nosh has ongoing community projects, from Odd Plates dinners to assisting children from the Zandspruit areas. There are many ways to help: by volunteering your time or contact your local stores and help Nosh build a relationship to extend the Food Rescue network. Nosh also has a wishlist on their website, and some of the items in high demand are Fuel, glass jars with lids, cutlery and crockery, first aid kits and supplies, and food staples. View the full list here.

Neighbours Hillbrow

Where: Hillbrow
Contact: Neighbours Hillbrow Facebook Page and Hillbrow Learning Centre Facebook Page.

Neighbours Hillbrow supports the community, while the Hillbrow Learning Centre helps children in any way possible: from assisting with homework to offering classes as well as sponsoring school books and supplies.

The learning centre will always welcome stationery, books, art supplies, furniture, toys, sports gear, sanitary items, children’s clothes and cleaning supplies.

Cape Town

Nazareth House

Where: 1 Derry Street, Vredehoek
Contact: Nazareth House website

Nazareth House is a non-profit that care for abandoned, disabled, orphaned and terminally ill children. Many of the children have experienced abuse, and the Nazareth House provides a loving and secure environment.

Item’s on the NPO’s wishlist this year include clothing, toys, furniture for the House and other children’s items. Alternatively, donate here.

Pride Shelter Trust

Where: 1 Molteno Road, Oranjezicht, Cape Town
Contact: Pride Shelter Trust website

The Pride Shelter is a short-term residential facility based in Cape Town that provides support to LGBTI+ persons in crisis. In the space of six years, the shelter has aided and accommodated more than 700 individuals.

“Rooted in a human-rights-based approach, our grass-roots organisation strives to promote dignity, self-respect and a sense of personal empowerment within all individuals across the LGBTI+ spectrum.”

The Haven Night Shelter

Where: The Haven Night Shelter Head Office, First Floor, 2 Napier Street, Cape Town.
Contact: The Haven Night Shelter website

The Haven Night Shelter believes that no one should have to live on the streets and addressed homeless in South Africa by making temporary shelter and welfare services available to those in need.

The shelter is always in need of volunteers. Alternatively, donations can be made here and information pertaining to the Shelter’s ‘Buy a Bed’ Campaign can be found here. For only R60, one person in need can sleep in a bed for five days.

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