Winter Warmth 2013

In response to numerous queries regarding a winter warmth project for 2013 the answer is yes we are implementing it as usual.  The first distribution took place in Pretoria with Esquire Technologies and the Caring Women's Forum on 1 May 2013 following a fun walk as a fund-raising event on the same day.

The next launch took place on 8 May 2013 in Fordsburg with 3000 people receiving blankets, linen, new clothes, diapers and a hot meal.  Our partners are The Star, Caring Women's Forum, Timberland and the SA Post Office.

Other distributions took place in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Western Cape but because of the relatively warm winter temperatures in certain provinces we have staggered distributions to respond fully when the real cold sets in.
New blankets, new clothes and shoes, in fact any warm item or non-perishable food product could be delivered to any of our offices and warehouses nationwide or at the premises of the partner companies in the relevant province.  Please note that warm items are distributed while hot meals are served.
Cash contributions to purchase a high quality warm blanket at R60 each could be made into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account No. 052137228, Branch Code 057525. Please fax or email deposit slip to receive your acknowledgement.  Those requiring tax benefit PBO certificates please contact All enquiries on 0800 786 7770800 786 777 toll-free.

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04/07/2013 - Browns Farm

Gift of the Givers provides a meal to the community of Browns Farm, Phillipi in the Western Cape.

  • Soup & Bread for 500
  • 60 Blankets
  • 144 Kit Kat Slabs Chocolate
  • 1440 Kit Kat 2 Finger Chocolates

Total Project Value: R21 038.20

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01/07/2013 - Sweetwaters Seniors

The grannies play ball while the GOTG team prepare to hand them their 200 Soup Packs for winter. These energetic grannies form part of the sewing group in Sweetwaters.

Total Project Value: R80 000.00

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22/06/2013 - Diepsloot

Gift of the Givers distributes 200 Blankets and 2 Wheelchairs to the Diepsloot Informal Settlement. This was done with the assistance of City of Johannesburg Diepsloot Fire Station and Stat Medical.

Total Project Value: R13 000.00
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20/06/2013 - Loskop Community

Mrs Mayisela, who is passionate about empowering her community, runs a successful garden and sewing group from her home in Loskop. Adding to her projects she runs a creche for the underprivileged children.

Gift of the Givers assists her and the Loskop community by distributing:

  • 100 Soup Packs
  • 100 Personal Hygiene Packs
  • 4 Bales of Fabric

Total Project Value: R36 500.00.

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11/06/2013 - Durban's Homeless

100 homeless people from the streets of Durban central gathered at Ghandi Mandela Hall to receive Blankets and Soup Packs. The Healing and Restoration Centre joined the GOTG team by serving a hot meal to each individual.

Total Project Value: R45 000.00.

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12/06/2013 - Thamboville Islamic Centre

Thamboville Islamic Centre in Pietermaritzburg receives a large Food Parcel as many who attend the Madressah come from underprivileged families and look forward to a hot meal at the centre.

  • 90 x 500g Rama Margarine
  • 20 x 1kg Sugar Beans
  • Soup Packs
  • Nido Drinks

Total Project Value: R12 000.00

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25/05/2013 - Strauben St Shelter

Strauben Street shelter, a place some people call home whilst others are forced to be there due to circumstances. GOTG and the Caring Womens Forum (CWF) joined forces and stole the hearts of people who booked into the shelter on that very cold night. People were welcomed with a warm smile, a warm plate of food and a blanket to keep the cold away. Mothers with infants and toddlers were extremely
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23/05/2013 - Tamboville and Cinderella Park

Gift of the Givers distributes blankets and non-perishables to 2 creches in Tamboville and Cinderella Park, Pietermaritzburg.

  • 2 x 10kg Mealie Meal
  • 10kg Rice
  • 24 x 250g Rama Margarine
  • 12 x 2.5kg Mrs Balls
  • 100 Blankets

Total Project Value: R3 500.00
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16/05/2013 - Alexandra Putadichaba

Elderly people in Alexandra Putadichaba came dressed in their best to collect a blanket to help fight off the Gauteng cold. 'Good samaritans' from a local corporate company joined in on the distribution by handing out the goods and by interacting with them making them feel like the cherished.

The elderly enjoyed the hot meal and sang and 'shuffled' during the course of the event.
  • 500 Blankets
  • 500
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08/05/2013 - Launch of Winter Warmth at Oriental Plaza

The Star newspaper, SA Post Office, Nedbank and GOTG have joined forces this year to spread warmth in Gauteng launching the 2013 Winter Warmth blanket distribution campaign.

The Post Office has made 19 of their branches available in Gauteng as well as Timberland outlets for the public to drop off their blankets in our collection boxes. Our goal is to distribute 10 000 over this chilly season and to
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03/07/2013 - Woodlands Seniors

Esme, a community worker, arranged for the senior and disabled citizens of the Woodlands community to listen to a talk regarding how they can contribute to society despite their health challenges.

GOTG met the group at the Woodlands Methadist Church and handed over 100 Soup Packs.

Total Project Value: R40 000.00

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27/06/2013 - Cloetesville, Stellenbosch

Gift of the Givers distributes Chocolates, Blankets and Hot Soup & Bread to the community of Cloetesville, Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.

  • Soup & Bread for 600
  • 60 Blankets
  • 80 Kit Kat Slabs of Chocolate
  • 1152 Kit Kat 2 Finger Chocolates

Total Project Value: R19 369.00

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22/06/2013 - Chatsworth Unit 11

In partnership with the Rising Sun newspaper, GOTG distributes Blankets to 100 poverty stricken families who met in Unit 11, Chatsworth. The children danced with joy as each person received a hot meal.

  • 100 Blankets
  • 100 Personal Hygiene Packs
  • Meal for 100

Total Project Value: R45 000.00

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12/06/2013 - Soup Packs in KZN

GOTG distributes Soup Packs to Garden and Sewing groups in Haza, Ngabeni and Mgwagwa communities. Each pack consists of:

  • Cup n Soup
  • Stew Mix
  • Knorr Soup
  • Knorr Chicken Stock Pot
  • Rajah Curry Powder

Total Project Value: R140 000.00

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08/06/2013 - Polokwane Communities

Gift of the Givers together with E. H. Hassims hardware store joined forces in the Polokwane region to distribute blankets and other items in the Mokopane Mahwelereng, Mapele, Bakenberg and Rebone communities. The most needy elderly women were identified to receive the aid. For some, these items were a Godsend as they didn't know where their next meal would come from.

Councillor Mr T. A.
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28/05/2013 - Benoni Spurs Event

One hundred needy people from the Actionville community were invited to the Bazme Adab Hall in Benoni to receive Blankets and Food Parcels. The event was hosted by the Benoni Spurs Football Club, who handed over a cheque of R100 000.00 to Gift of the Givers toward Palestine projects.

Dr Sooliman took to the stage, thanking the club for their donation and informed the crowd of the projects underway

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22/05/2013 - Winter Warmth Launch KZN

GOTG, KZN branch, launches Winter Warmth at the A. M. Moolla Spes Nova School distributing Blankets and Personal Hygiene Packs to 1200 students. The recipients were made up of underprivileged scholars from 120 schools in Tongaat, Verulem and Phoenix.

The Phoenix Poverty Reduction Association assisted by identifying the learners and organising the event. Mr A. V. Maharaj, owner of the local Fresh

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