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Appeal for help as SA braces for the cold

Wednesday 11 May 2016 I For immediate release

As South Africa braces itself for the onset of this year’s cold fronts, The Salvation Army is appealing to the public to donate blankets, clothing and food for those in need.

PR Secretary for the Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army, Major Carin Holmes, says: “Every year, we see more and more people coming for help to our doors. With unemployment at such high levels in our country, people are finding it ever more difficult to make ends meet.

“Your generous donations really go a long way towards helping us fulfill their needs,” she added.

With winter weather already having caused havoc in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and another cold front set to hit Gauteng this weekend, Major Holmes says that the organisation anticipates a great many appeals for assistance during the season.

The Salvation Army assists people by providing shelter, food, clothing and blankets to help them through the cold winter months.

“Giving help can be as simple and easy as sending an SMS message to our Helpline, 42290, with the word “Winterhelp” in the SMS. The cost of the SMS is only R30, the vast majority of which we receive and which goes towards assisting the needy,” Major Holmes said.

Alternatively, members of the public can make direct contributions into the bank account of The Salvation Army. Details are:
Bank: First National Bank
Branch: Braamfontein
Branch code: 251905
Account name: Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
Account number: 50540087604
Reference: Please give your name and “Winterhelp” as a reference.

Companies wishing to contribute in kind are asked to contact Major Holmes on 011-718-6745, or on 082-994-4351.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God, and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs without discrimination.

The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army encompasses four countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland – and the island of St Helena. Its officers, soldiers and full-time employees provide their spiritual and community services through approximately 230 corps (churches), societies and outposts, as well as through schools, hospitals, institutions for children, street children, the elderly, men and abused women, and daycare, goodwill, rehabilitation and social centres.


Media Contact: Ruth Coggin
Tel: 011-487-0026
Cell: 082-903-5819
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Client Contact: Major Carin Holmes
Public Relations Secretary
Tel: 011-718-6745
Cell: 082-994-4351
CLICK HERE to e-mail Carin Holmes