Yesterday morning, the Common Good team stood surrounded by a mountain of bags of clothing and blankets with a sense of immense gratitude in our hearts for all that God has done in the space of one short week. Here’s some feedback from Warm Up Winter…
On Wed night, over 480 Common Grounders met at venues across the city to sort and pack a total of 532 industrial-sized bags full of clothing to be distributed to 12 of our partner organisations. Muscles were put to the test, folding was taken to the next level, and clothing labels took on a whole new meaning (‘Does this say small or medium?’ ‘Boy or Girl?’). Thankfully, there was plenty of coffee and good humour to go around.
120 Common Grounders from the Wynberg and South congregations met in Wynberg for a joint sort. In just under two hours (and with the help of marshmellows), they managed to sort and allocate 130 bags. These bags will bless NETwork, Westlake United Church Trust, Little 2 Much, Living Hope, and Victoria Hospital.
At the Rondebosch venue, 220 volunteers from the Bosch AM and PM congregations sorted 332 bags to bless Christine Revell Children’s Home, Sisters Incorporated, Izandla Zethemba, U-Turn a nd the Haven Night Shelter in Wynberg. On top of this, and under the supervision of the amazing Stop Hunger Now team, they also managed to make up 10 000 meal packs to bless the community of Vrygrond.
In the InnerCity, 22 volunteers met at St.Stephens to pack 42 bags, which will bless Beth Uriel and the Haven Night Shelter in Napier Street, Greenpoint.
And in Kenilworth, 33 volunteers met at the U-turn head office to pack and sort clothes donated to U-Turn.
So there was much happening on Wednesday night! We want to say a huge thank you to all of you who have got behind this campaign so wholeheartedly. Your generosity and support have helped to bless thousands of people throughout the city this winter.
But it doesn’t end here! This campaign is only one small step along a journey that we’re on as a community to bring Christ’s restoration and redemption to vulnerable people in Cape Town.
Visit our website for more info on how you can get involved!