Ways to give back to your community this winter

Some ideas on how to give back to the Krugersdorp community this winter.

Over 8% of the South African population live in informal dwellings, according to the 2022 Census. Over and above this, roughly 56 698 people could be considered homeless.

For those who fall under these categories, the harsh conditions of winter can be brutal to endure.

For those who have a heart for their communities, RE/MAX of Southern Africa shared a few ideas on how to give back to those in need this winter.

Host or participate in fundraisers

Participate in charity runs or bake sales where proceeds are going to local causes. You can find a cause to support by searching online and on local social media community pages. If you can’t find an event to support, why not host your own fundraiser for a charity of your choice? As an easy idea, you could host a game night with friends (whether it’s poker, trivia, or a board game) where there is a buy-in to participate and the winner gets to donate their winnings to their preferred charity.

Blood donations

Because people are unable to donate blood if they have a cold or flu, blood donations typically drop during the winter season. If you are fit and healthy, take a minute to donate some blood at a local blood bank.

Donate warm clothing and blankets

Donate blankets, coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for those in need and drop them off at local shelters or organisations that serve the homeless. Pet blankets are also a winter necessity for animal shelters.

“As a way of giving back to our local communities, we will be running our annual Coats and Cans drive where our own network of over 3 000 agents, as well as members of the public, are invited to drop off warm clothing and non-perishable food items at our participating offices across the country. To help animal shelters, we will also be accepting donations of pet blankets and pet food. At the end of winter, the collections will be dropped off at various NPOs and shelters across the country,” explained Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

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