by Asanda Mkosana
Many of us take the opportunity of having a decent meal, warm clothing, and a roof over our heads for granted, but for many people around the world this is a luxury that is a distant dream. In South Africa, as well as the rest of the Southern Hemisphere, we have reached the coldest season of the year – winter.
The Carpenter’s Shop (TCS) is a charity organisation that offers short-term rehabilitation services, training and accommodation to people in need. Amongst the many services that TCS offers, they also provide people that have nowhere else to go, with a warm plate of food, clothing, and ablution services for whenever they need them. TCS job training and rehabilitation services, coupled with a hot shower and clean clothes, helps to break the cycle of homelessness in Cape Town.
To do our part this winter season and help those in need to warm up, Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW), in partnership with The Carpenter’s Shop, have come together to start a 3-week clothing drive.
CC&DW approached TCS’s director, Mrs Dee Wills with the idea to assist them in their efforts to collect clothes, as well as tinned foods and toiletries for the people of Cape Town that live on the streets.
Both these organisations, with the assistance of the Cape Town community based in and around the CBD, are hoping we can come together to assist those that are less fortunate to us. Second-hand clothing, items around the house that are no longer in use, and new toiletries, may not make much of a difference to us who are more fortunate – but they may change the life of someone seeking services at The Carpenter’s Shop.
On 20 June 2013, we displayed the first three posters and donation boxes at the Woodstock Police Station, Victoria Food World (corner of Plein Street & Victoria Road), and our very own office in Woodstock.
We hope by the end of three weeks, on 19 July, we will have collected enough clothing items and other goods to hand over to The Carpenter’s Shop, so they can distribute the items to those in need.
The final date for collection is 15 July 2013. Please contact Asanda Mkosana on 021 448 2058 or via email, email@example.com. For more information about The Carpenter’s Shop and their services, contact Director Dee Wills on 021 461 5508 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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