What can we do? How do we get help?

  1. Project 220 is one way to help. You can donate R220 to Project 220 – deposit R220 into the church bank account with the reference Project220 this will cover the cost of a food parcel. We will have regular socially distanced work parties at the Copelands. You can serve in various ways at those events – receiving, sorting, taking inventory, packing and distributing, but numbers are limited. If you cannot join, you can pre-pack a food box and drop it off when we have work parties. Here is the list of what to pack. Please stick to this so that parcels are all the same.
  2. You can also donate second hand blankets and clothing when we have the work parties.
  3. We have done one Project 220 distribution as well as a  mass distribution of all the food in our Care Pantry. We have tried our best to connect with our needy families, who usually receive food parcels, and we hope most did receive. We are focussing mainly on our own members.
  4. 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 drop off point when we announce it. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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“.
  10. The government is trying to assist the less fortunate among us.
    1. We refer you to the SASSA homepage which has a wealth of information.
    2. 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): mealie meal, rice, sugar, soya, salt, peanut butter, tea bags, baked beans, tins of fish, sunlight liquid, all purpose cleaner, sunlight washing soap, oil.
    3. In addition, there are 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