BAGS of LOVE
… Christmas Cheer for the Needy …
Christmas time is rapidly approaching and most families have already given some thought to sharing gifts and sumptuous food with loved ones and close friends.
In Stanford, South Africa, there is a large community of very poor and needy folk, who have nothing much to look forward to at Christmas – not even a basic meal. Many of the poorest of the poor, children, the sick and the elderly rely on the five soup kitchens in Stanford for nutrition but the good folk who run the soup kitchens also need a break so they are closed for two weeks over Christmas time.
This why the Bags of Love are so very necessary, not only to feed the needy at this critical time but also by bringing a small measure of cheer into their lives.
The Rotary Club of Stanford will again drive the Bags of Love campaign this year and coordinator Lana Coates will ensure that all bags collected will be distributed in Stanford. We have the full cooperation of Stanford churches and Social Services Groups who, while working on the ground, provide lists and addresses of those in genuine need.
Through the generosity of many caring people, not only in South Africa but abroad as well, it was incredibly heart-warming to hand out 210 Bags of Love last year and it seems our target for 2013 needs to be closer to 250.
The cost to fill a bag is R130. Should you wish to contribute to this very worthy cause, you can make a donation into the Rotary Club of Stanford’s bank account, via PayPal, and we will fill the bags on your behalf. Simply go onto our website – http://www.rotaryclub.org.za – click on the “Donate” button, and this will take you directly to our PayPal account. Details are already filled in, so all you have to do is put in the amount you’re donating and your personal details. Please be sure to reference that your donation is for Bags of Love in order for it to be allocated correctly. Once that’s done, email me with your contact details so that I can follow up from our side.
Your generosity will be greatly appreciated, and go a long way in helping a poor family enjoy their Christmas.
Yours most sincerely
Project Leader – Bags of Love