There are many ways to help your community from the safety of your home. Some of these organisations need your time and some of them your money, but they all need your help.
Solidarity FundSet up by President Ramaphosa, the Solidarity Fund accepts donations from businesses and individuals alike. Help the fund to care for those in hospital and support those whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic.
Feed the hungryThere are various campaigns and organisations you can get involved with, including:
The South African Red Cross distributes food parcels in various locations and runs a number of soup kitchens.
Operation Hunger: R200 buys one family one food and sanitary parcel.
Cans with Purpose collects both cash and cans of non-perishable food for needy communities.
FoodForward SA recovers quality edible surplus food from the consumer goods supply chain and distributes it to community organisations. You can donate cash or groceries.
CoronaCare is connected to various NPOs and NGOs across the country. Your donations will go to old age homes, homeless shelters, creches and more.
Checkers/Shoprite: if you have the mobile number of someone you want to help, just send a virtual voucher to their phone.
Help the helpersGift of the Givers: you can help those on the medical frontlines by donating to Gift of the Givers. These donations will go towards the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Little Hands Matter is fighting the spread of the disease by putting hand-washing stations for children in informal settlements across South Africa.
SA Medical and Education (SAME) Foundation is trying to raise R500 million to help the Department of Health procure much needed PPE.
Animals need help too!SPCA: Dogs in underprivileged communities are suffering too. Make a difference and donate today. And remember, the SPCA has confirmed that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted from domestic animals to humans.