It’s almost Christmas and in the spirit of giving, now is a time when you can really make a difference with your individual actions.
If you have the means, donations are an important way to keep our communities thriving and often just surviving.
Here are a few of the organisations who will greatly benefit from your donations:
Haven Night Shelter
The Haven Night Shelter provides temporary shelter, physical care and social welfare services to homeless adults, assisting them to get back on their feet.
The Haven relies on financial donations and volunteer work.
Find out how to donate or get involved here.
Nazareth Care is an NPO run by the Sisters of Nazareth that provides care for both the elderly and vulnerable children.
The organisation cares particularly for people who have gone through neglect, illness and poverty. Located in Vredehoek and Elsies River, the team always needs donations such as clothing, toys, furniture and general funding.
See how you can make a donation or sponsor a child here.
Santa Cause for Paws, focusing on cats and dogs, collects food, blankets, toys and other essentials to donate to shelters across the Western Cape.
You can either donate money or put together a box for an animal. You can pledge to pack your box on the site and then drop it off at one of the drop-off spots.
Visit their website for the details.
R.A.D, a NPO that focuses on outreach work in communities in the Overberg area, is looking for kids’ toys.
The organisation has a shop that offers great bargains for families doing their shopping. The women working in the shop say they are desperate for kids’ summer clothes and toys, bed linen, curtains, glassware and pots or pans.
R.A.D asks for anything that is clean and properly functioning.
All proceeds from the shop go towards paying vet bills for Grabouw and Botrivier township animals being treated by the organisation.
R.A.D has drop-off points in Hermanus, Strand, Somerset West, Welgemoed, Botrivier, Grabouw and Sea Point.
If you would like to donate and need more details, message R.A.D on their Facebook page.
Santa Shoebox is an annual campaign that delivers over 100,000 boxes every year to facilities across South Africa and Namibia.
Since its beginning, the drive has reached and given shoeboxes to over a million children.
As a donor, you pledge to donate and receive the name, age, and gender of a child, for whom you then pack a shoebox of gifts. Each box contains toothpaste, a toothbrush, soap, a washcloth, clothes, educational supplies, sweets and toys.
Visit their website to make your pledge.
Pride Shelter Trust
The Pride Shelter Trust provides short-term shelter to LGBTQ+ individuals during crises. It is the only shelter for queer and trans people on the African continent.
The organisation is always in need of help from the public, including kitchen equipment, office supplies, garden equipment, toiletries, cleaning supplies, bedding and clothing.
Visit their website to see how you can donate.
Also read: Looking at LGBTQ+ Cape Town this Heritage weekend
Ladles of Love
Ladles of Love launched a new campaign FillaPot, where R300 fills a pot with enough food to feed 100 children.
The organisation aims to gift meals to children in need over Christmas time. With help from the public, Ladles of Love predicts that they can fill 10,000 pots and serve 1 million nutritious hot meals to people around Cape Town this Christmas.
Click here to see how you can get involved.
The Tunnel Navigation NPO is bringing Christmas cheer to people in Belhar on December 17, aiming to feed 400 children, giving party packs as well as clothing and decorative household items.
They need donations of ingredients, second-hand toys and clothing for children aged 6 to 14, as well as volunteers on the day to help with serving and entertaining.
For donations or more information, you can call Grandle Opperman on 073 656 0526.