Charity Begins With Me is collecting previously-loved stationery for children in need, they are testing, sharpening and sorting everything so that children in need can go to school with their very own supplies.


Johannesburg, South Africa (03 January 2024) – At the end of each school year, when pencil cases are unloaded from tired school bags and the thought of homework goes right out the window, a difference can be made. As parents start adding new stationery to their shopping carts to help young ones tackle the new school year, those older used pens, pencils and colourful markers can be sent to Charity Begins With Me, where they are sorted and given to children who need stationary for school but cannot afford it.

Charity Begins With Me collects every kind of stationery item, makes sure it’s in working condition, cleans up any messy bits, sharpens the edges and sorts them so that the children that frequent its feeding programme, can select all the colours their hearts desire.

Stationery doesn’t have to be brand new to make a difference in a child’s life. Thousands of used pens and pencils are making a difference to the children of Northern Johannesburg.

The Charity Begins With Me organisation has added thousands of pens, pencils and colourful art tools, like crayons, pastels and markers to its collection but they always need more so that each child can select several options.

Stephen and his team of dedicated volunteers welcome donations of stationery and any items the youth may find useful.

The best part is that school students who want to get a head-start on collecting their volunteering hours can do so by donating their old stationery.

“This year we are starting early with Angel Hours / Community Engagement Hours for school.

For every 2 x ice cream containers you fill with old pens, pencils, and crayons we will sign off on 1 x hour.

Items donated does not need to be sorted or cleaned.”

To get involved, check out Charity Begins With Me on Facebook here.

Sources: Charity Begins with Me
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