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The festive season is around the corner, shops have decked their halls with all the decorations and at any moment, the radio will play carols. So we want to share some festive charity ideas…


South Africans are generous as a nation but over the festive season, things get even more heartwarming. Every year, radio stations do big things for families and individuals in need. Over the festive season, you can guarantee that a story or two will catch you right in your soft spot.

People go above and beyond to make sure that those around them and even those people they don’t know, feel the love. The festive season is a time to unwind and relax but it is also a time to celebrate with family.

Every year thousands of organisations host parties and events to make people and animals feel loved. We have had a number of organisations contact us over the years to share their festive charity cause. So we decided to compile a list of ideas for you, friends and family to use for your festive charity projects.

Keep an eye out on this list as we get closer to the Festive break, we will keep it updated with new ideas on a weekly basis.

Helping the Elderly.

The elderly are some of the most forgotten people, the sad truth is that some people have no family left as they sit in an old aged home. The festive season can be an incredibly lonely time for these people. There are a few ways to help out the elderly, this is how…

  • The Senior Santa Shoebox, based in Cape Town, facilitates the handout of boxes filled with sweet treats and useful goodies to the elderly in homes spread across the Western Cape, Mpumalanga and Port Elizabeth. You can find out more on their Facebook page here.
  • Visit a local old age home with cake, biscuits and other treats, spend some time chatting to them and engaging. This is a great idea to do as a group, that way more people get to chat and engage with each other.
  • Donate unused wool, puzzles, DVDs, books and games to local homes so they have a great selection of entertainment.

Helping Children.

Children are the best to treat over the festive season. They value and enjoy every bit of festive celebrations. Many organisations do boxes filled with items that are useful and fun for kids in disadvantaged areas and orphanages. Sometimes, these gifts are the only gifts they will get throughout the year.

Here is a list of ideas to help kids in need…

  • Santa Shoebox collects boxes for children across South Africa. Their hand-in time has lapsed already but they are still offering virtual boxes for the children that didn’t get selected during their shoebox campaign period. You can find out more here.
  • Orphanages need formula and nappies over the festive season. You can purchase these with a group of friends and donate them to a home closest to you.

Helping Animals in Need.

Animals are often forgotten over the festive season. While many people go away and get pet sitters or place their pets in kennels, shelter animals stay put in their cages and people take turns caring for them. There are many ways to make a shelter animals life better as well as those people that chose to stay behind to care for them. Here are some ideas you can use to make a shelter feel more festive.

  • Donate your time over the holiday season, shelters will be short staffed so go walk the animals, help groom them and clean the facilities. These are great ideas to do as a group so rally your friends and help out where possible.
  • Collect food, treats and toys for your local shelter.

Other Ideas.

Here are a few other ways to give back over the festive season.

  • Lifesavers and the NSRI are always on high alert during the festive season as the beaches become a popular holiday spot. The influx means many people give up their time with their families to make sure lives are kept safe. You can check in with your local lifesaving club or NSRI base to see if they need assistance with anything.

If you are looking for an organisation to support, here is a list of organisations in South Africa.

Sources: Facebook
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