BAGS of LOVE
… Christmas Cheer for the Needy …
Bring Basic Food Items to the Poor at Christmas …
With only about 7 weeks before Christmas, folk are planning their gifts and delicious meals to be shared with family and friends.
In Stanford, South Africa, there is a large community of very poor and needy folk, who have nothing to look forward to at Christmas – not even a basic meal and certainly no trimmings. These are the poorest of the poor – children, the sick and the elderly – who rely on soup kitchens in Stanford for basic nutrition. However, the soup kitchens close for 2 weeks over the Christmas holidays making the Bags of Love campaign absolutely vital. 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 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 220 Bags of Love last year. Our target for 2014 will be closer to 250.
The cost to fill a bag is R145 – around US$ 13. Should you wish to contribute to this vital 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 on the top right hand side, 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. There is no greater gift than seeing a smile of gratitude on the face of a desperately poor child or elderly person.
Please pass this appeal on to others in your circle of associates, family and friends.
Yours most sincerely
Project Leader – Bags of Love
Secretary Rotary Club of Stanford