Media Release-Blanket Drive

By: Esther Karimi Malia

A blanket a day keeps the cold at Bay

Together, we can make a difference to so many this winter

Parkview Community blanket drive 10th May to 31st May 2021

Over the next few weeks the temperatures in Johannesburg will plummet. Not only will the homeless have to cope with the challenges of getting a meal, but shelter and warmth will be major issues.

The faith communities of Parkview, in this case St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church and the St Columba’s Presbyterian Church and the, along with the Parkview Residents Association (PRA), will be breaking new ground in May with a joint project to collect 500 or more blankets for the homeless in Parkview and surrounds.

The appeal will run through community media outlets, who will join hands with the Parkview team,  from the 10th to the 31st May in a bid to raise awareness with local businesses, schools and the residents of greater Johannesburg. 

The objective will be, at the very least, to provide a warm blanket to each of the clients of the St Francis and St Columba’s, feeding schemes.  St Columba’s runs a morning soup kitchen Monday through Friday, while St Francis serves up a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

St Francis weekend feeding programme caters for more than  200 people on Saturdays and Sundays.

Provision will also be made to donate blankets to MES Impilo, an overnight shelter for the homeless in Jeppestown, which is also in great need of support, MES’s inputs, however, extend well beyond providing shelter for the needy. Navigate to the link below to find our more.

A single blanket costs R80 thanks courtesy to a deal strike by Rotary with the factory, which is nearly R30 cheaper than buying an equivalent blanket from a store. The project would welcome any donation, however small. Home-made blankets and winter warmers are also sought after items. These can be dropped off at either St Francis Church for the duration of the campaign.

EFT donations can be made to:   BANK DETAILS:
Bank: Standard Bank
Account number: 000496502
Account name: Parkview St Francis
Branch: 000205 Swift Code: SBZAZAJJXXX
Reference: “Blanket”  
Donated blanket drop offs: St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church    46 Tyrone Avenue Parkview  

Together, we can make a difference to so many this winter!

Content written by Geoff Van Heerden; Edited by Esther Karimi Malia

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