What can we do? How do we get help?

  1. We did a mass distribution of all the food in our Care Pantry on Thursday from 9am to 5pm, before National Lockdown. We tried our best to connect with our needy families, who usually receive food parcels, and we think most did receive. Many other families in Diepsloot are in need, but we only had enough resources to help our own members. Thank you to Rachel, Helen, Tony and Mandisa, as well as Maureen and Bonnie who helped with the distribution.
  2. Please continue to set aside non-perishable food and second-hand clothing (winter clothes are needed now) in your home for those in need.  Please bring this to the church when we are able to meet again.  The reality is that many in our community will be in dire need over the coming weeks and even months. And our pantry is empty.
  3. Please continue your normal gifts and giving to the church because this helps us respond to our community needs, but if you want to donate specifically to those most severely affected by the Lockdown and the novel coronavirus, please reference your donation as “COVID-19” so that we know your intention. We will use these funds to provide for essentials such as food and medical costs where necessary, as well as data to help our church family stay connected.
  4. Please encourage those you know are not getting emails or SMS messages from the church to contact us so that they can be added to the database and get connected.
  5. If you are able to help in any way e.g. providing data for those who have run out, or have ideas on how the church can help those in need, please share your ideas with us – contact us!
  6. If you are in need, please let Nick, Trish, Janique, or one of the elders or deacons know so that we can centralise efforts to get you the necessary assistance.  Please contact us so that we can help you.
  7. Please continue to do Bible Study, and meet with others digitally e.g. via Zoom, or Houseparty, or Whatapp. Stay spiritually healthy. Nick will be posting reflection material and other material for community groups or individuals under “Resources“.
  8. The government is trying to assist the less fortunate among us.
    • If you are in need of food during the lockdown, you can phone 0800 428 8364 and food supplies will be delivered to you, or if you are aware of anyone who needs assistance during the lockdown, you can call 0800 428 8364 or email support@gauteng.gov.za.  We have been advised that the food parcels will be delivered, and would typically include  typically (may vary depending on the size of the family):10 kg mielie meal
      5 kg rice
      2.5 kg sugar
      1 kg soya
      1 kg salt
      880g peanut butter
      1pkt tea bags
      2 tins baked beans
      2 tins fish
      1 bottle sunlight liquid
      1 bottle all purpose cleaner
      2 bars sunlight washing soap
      2 litre oil
    • There are the special contact numbers to call, and the Solidarity Fund that has been set up:
      • The Government Emergency COVID 19 Hotline is 080 002 9999
      • The SA Government COVID-19 WhatsApp number is 060 012 3456
      • Solidarity Fund Call Centre: 0860 001 001. To make a tax deductible donation: Bank: Standard Bank, Branch Name: Sandton City, Branch Code 051001, Account Name: Solidarity Fund, Account Number: 023070021, Account Type: Current Account