Opportunities to Help

Month-to-Month Clothing

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This is also an ongoing need – children grow and clothes get worn out. Ask your friends and family if they have any items to donate, even if it is just ONE item. If twenty people each donate one t-shirt we will have twenty more t-shirts than we had yesterday.

Clothing by Age Group:

  • Women x 35
  • Men x 16
  • Infants x 9
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years) Boys x 2
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years) Girls x 3
  • Pre-Schoolers (4-6 Years) Boys x 3
  • Pre-Schoolers (4-6 Years) Girls x 7
  • Primary Schoolers (7-12 Years) Boys x 13
  • Primary Schoolers (7-12 Years) Girls x 13
  • High Schoolers (13-18 years) Boys x 10
  • High Schoolers (13-18 Years) Girls x 9

Underwear for All Age Groups:

  • Underpants
  • Panties
  • Bras
  • Socks

OK, underwear is usually a very personal item, but many of these folk actually share underwear!

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Month-to-Month Groceries

The needs of this community go well beyond a Christmas Lunch. These families need on-going help. Every Friday, “Feed the Nation You Care For” runs a soup kitchen from a volunteer’s house for this community.

Any grocery donations will help towards preparing this weekly cooked meal as well as being dispensed to families.


  • Rice, pasta, bread
  • Vegetables
  • Meat, chicken
  • Canned goods

Luxury Items:

  • Coffee and tea
  • Creamer and sugar
  • Margarine and jam
  • Rusks and biscuits

Cleaning Items:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Toilet cleaner
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Month-to-Month Baby Needs

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There are 9 infants and 30 toddlers in this community.

Month-to-Month Needs:

  • Nappies
  • Baby formula (Nan, Lactogen 2, and Infacare 3)
  • Baby food
  • Basic medicines

Occasional Needs:

  • Toys
  • Books
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Month-to-Month Toiletries Needed

When you have limited financial resources and you have to choose between a meal and personal hygiene, the meal gets the priority.

Once again, any bulk purchases will be distributed by a “Feed the Nation You Care For” volunteer.

Family Toiletries:

  • Toothpaste and razors
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Toilet paper
  • Body Lotion

Individual Toiletries:

  • Men’s deodorant (x 30 men and teenage boys)
  • Women’s deodorant (x 50 women and teenage girls)
  • Sanitary pads (x 20 young women and teenage girls)
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Stationery Needed

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Anyone with school-going children understands how expensive this can be. We also know that education is a key part of lifting yourself and your family out of poverty.

Annual Needs:

  • Hard-cover books, 129-lined pages x 150
  • 30-Pocket flip files x 45
  • Full stationery packs x 45
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Group Coordinator

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Lizette Erasmus

Going to bed hungry is not nearly as bad as waking up hungry and having to face the day…

Donation Coordinators

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This initiative means a lot to me because growing up we didn’t have much, if it wasn’t for friends and family assisting, my mom and I would have had nothing while she was trying to establish herself. I now have the chance to pay it forward by helping others in need. I hope that one day the people I help will also be in a position to pay it forward to others in need.

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I know how bad things can get, but having someone there in your corner can help.

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On a personal experience, I’ve known what it’s like to not have and to go without and I was fortunate enough in my life to have people willing to help me. Now that I’m able to help, it will bring me joy, knowing that my bit could make a difference in someone’s life.

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As an individual, I have the capacity to shape a brighter, more compassionate world for other people. Guiding principle that enriches other lives of those I touch, to give people a smile for a day and to make a difference in people’s lives.

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The reason why I would like to give a helping hand is to make at least one person’s day feel better and to make them feel so special and for them to know humanity is still alive.

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Assisting those in need holds profound significance for me, given my personal experience with deprivation of basic necessities such as food and clothing. The empathy stemming from my background fuels a deep-seated commitment to the notion that engaging in selfless endeavors to uplift others is the catalyst for a more fulfilling and contented life, marking the commencement of blessings

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