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Call for help as temperatures plummet

TUESDAY, 15 MAY, 2019 I For immediate release

As temperatures across the country plummet at the start of another winter season, the Salvation Army has appealed to the public to assist in helping homeless people.

Major Carin Holmes, PR Secretary of the organisation, says that an influx of people looking for help is expected in the next few days.

“Although we provide sandwiches and hand out blankets throughout the year, there is a particular need for this when the cold fronts start to hit. The biting chill of a winter’s night is a tough time to be living on the streets, and we need all the help we can get to give assistance to homeless people,” she said.

“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 goes towards assisting the needy,” Major Holmes added.

Warm clothes are also welcome and can be taken to the local Salvation Army church for distribution.

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.


Media Contact: Ruth Coggin
Quo Vadis Communications
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