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Salvation Army appeals for blankets as winter starts to bite

Thursday 17 May 2012  I  For immediate release

With the winter chill starting to bite in many parts of South Africa, The Salvation Army is appealing to the public to donate blankets and clothing to help the needy and homeless.

Every winter, the organisation receives thousands of appeals for assistance to ward off the cold. Through the generous support of the public, it is able to assist the needy through its many social outreach programmes.

These include soup kitchens, street children’s homes, social centres, and day care centres for the elderly.

Members of the public can assist by donating blankets or warm clothing, which they can take to their local corps (church) or divisional headquarters in their region.

Alternatively, the public can contribute financially by sending an SMS with the word BLANKET or WINTER to 42290 to donate R30 towards this cause.

Major Carin Holmes, Public Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army, says: “Winter is a time when the cold reminds those who have sufficient that they are invited to share with those who are in need. Every year, we are astounded at the generosity of the sharing public, and we are sure that this winter will be no exception.”


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. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name 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
E-mail: click here to email Major Carin Holmes