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Salvation Army launches winter outreach – Winter cold brings need for blankets and food

FRIDAY, 21 MAY 2021 I For immediate release

As winter spreads its freezing tentacles across Southern Africa, The Salvation Army will this weekend launch its winter blanket and food outreach to the homeless of the city.
Sunday 23 May at 16h00 will see officers handing out blankets and a plate of hot food from the basement of the Church’s national head office in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. *

Captain Velani Buthelezi, PR Secretary of The Salvation Army, Southern Africa Territory, says: “This winter is likely to be a very cold one for our homeless communities. We are also seeing many more people living on the streets because of job losses during Covid.

“Our food and blanket outreach for many street people can be the difference between life and death. Sunday’s outreach is a result of a very generous donation of 600 blankets from a concerned person and her friends, as well as a R5000 donation from Pick n Pay. We are so grateful for this support,” he said.

Captain Buthelezi noted that the winter will be a long one and many more meals will need to be provided for the homeless. He appealed for both monetary and in-kind donations.

Monetary donations can be made through the Salvation Army’s GivenGain donations platform at “This is a very secure way to make monetary contributions to our cause,” he added.

Alternatively, members of the public can deposit via EFT or deposit directly into The Salvation Army’s bank account. 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 “Winter” as a reference.

Companies wishing to contribute in kind are asked to contact Captain Buthelezi on 082-994-4351.
* Members of the media are invited to attend the blanket and food handout on Sunday 23 May at 16h00 at Salvation Army National Head Office, corner Juta and Bheki Mlangeni (Loveday) Streets, (opposite the Protea Hotel), Braamfontein.
GPS coordinates:,28.0399364233017,17z
Please RSVP by SMS to 082-994-4351 or 082-903-5819.

The Salvation Army is an international movement and evangelical part of the universal Christian Church and has a professional record in rehabilitating and accommodating trafficking trade victims and addressing social injustice in a systematic, measured, proactive and Christian manner through its International Social Justice Commission.


Media Contact: Ruth Coggin
Quo Vadis Communications
Tel: 087-286-6444
Cell: 082-903-5819
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Client Contact: Captain Velani Buthelezi
Public Relations Secretary
Tel: 011-718-6745
Cell: 082-994-4351
CLICK HERE to e-mail Velani Buthelezi