We collecting winter warmers, blankets, jackets, beanies and hand cloves to be handed out to the homeless during winter.
Help keep people warm!!
To find out more about what The Gift of Joy will be doing for Mandela Day download the file below - Green Thumbs Project.
Mandela Month Donation Drive
The Gift of Joy is making a special donation drive this Mandela Month.
With so many places, shelters, families and the poor in need we have set a goal to help some of the "forgotten" this Mandela Month.
By collecting goods such as, food, clothes, toiletries, baby stationery and winter warmers throughout the month of July we would like to call on everyone to help us give to those in need.
You can donate or nominate a family, shelter, orphanage and old age home who you would like us to help.
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Winter Warmers Drive - June 2015
The Gift of Joy started Early in collection all forms of winter Warmers so that we could be prepared for winter in order to assist the homeless keep warm this winter.
As we received clothes, blankets and other donations we donated the goods to the homeless.
We had one big event where we were joined by the Naik family who donated well over a 100 blankets. Members of the family joined us one evening as we escorted them throughout several parts of Johannesburg and helped them gave the blankets to those who truly needed it.
Every year the Naik family donates blankets to shelter, however this year was extra special for them as they were the ones giving the blankets personally to people who live on the streets.
They got to experience the JOY of their kind donation first hand as they gave each person a blanket.
Easter Joy - April 2015
With months of planning and preparation the day arrived of our Easter Event and the community of Diepsloot, and staff at the Reshomile Primary school welcomed us with opened arms. Some may have thought that we would not continue with our plans due to the recent xenophobia violence that has darkened our country. However this was not going to prevent us from bringing joy to the children and we believed that this would be an even greater time to show the community that we care. While parts of the country were stricken by the violence the Diepsloot community was calm and peaceful.
The event kicked off with the first group of children welcoming us and Mr C Naidoo and his family who sponsored the Easter eggs as well as bought all the children winter beanies. From there the children were divided in smaller groups and each group took part in the various activities.
The children enjoyed music lessons from Celeste from Kindermusik , art activities which included painting bunny faces and moulds that was sponsored by palette and paintbrush.
Volunteers who joined on the day helped to do face painting and quickly became very good at painting cute bunny faces on the children.
The main event is the one that put the biggest smile on the children, The Easter egg Hunt. Children ran and collected as many Easter eggs as they could in 10 seconds.
The Reshomile school staff was absolute amazing and prepared for the event, with teachers joining on the day who was well organised and helped with the various groups of children. The kitchen staff prepared all the food at the school kitchen and made sure each child left with a full tummy.
It was a great surprised when we were joined by Pastor/ Dr Thabile Mnisi-Msibi who came from Orange Farm and Bishop Pat Shole who came from Soweto. We were blessed to have met them and very honoured as they told us how happy and thankful they are for what The Gift of Joy is doing for the community of Diepsloot.
With smiles on their faces the children left full of joy as they had fun at The Easter event and The Gift of Joy team was blessed to have been able to make over 300 children happy.
#RAK15 - February 2015
Carte Blanche featured a story about Brent Lindeque who changed the famous NEKnominations in 2014 to RAKnomination (Random Act of Kindness) on the 1st February 2015. With the success of RAK in 2014 Brent formally launched the #RAK15 Campaign on the 1st February 2015 and declared February Random Act of Kindness month.
The RAK campaign is all about doing a Random Act of Kindness within 24 hours of being nominated.
The Gift of Joy was very honoured to have been nominated straight after the launch of #RAK15 on Sunday evening.
Within hours the members was informed of our nomination and a plan was put into action to do something special for the ladies at The Mercy Haven Shelter in Boksburg.
Monday morning started off with a bang to get as much as possible together. It was decided that we will cook a lovely dinner with desert for the ladies and staff at the shelter.
However load shedding may have tried to stop us from achieving this but failed when Nicky transported the food and the chef to her house. Where her nanny even helped to cook the food.
Lois felt that a meal is simply just not enough and contacted people to came and join us for the evening and do activities with the children and ladies. Our members contacted everyone and anyone to gather goods that could be donated to the shelter ranging from baby goods, clothes and food.
The Gift of Joy #RAK15 event was a great success and the ladies at the
Shelter was extremely overwhelmed with JOY and could not thank us enough for what we did for them.
#RAK15 brought so many people together and gave so many people JOY and we thank you Kerri for nominating us and we look forward to doing an even bigger RAK event in 2016.
Teddy Bear Drive - February 2015
For a child having something soft to cuddle up to when feeling alone, in pain, abandoned or unwanted, especially when in a cold uncomfortable hospital bed, with nobody to bring them a sweetie even, that little soft Toy gives them something to hold onto for themselves!
As February was the month of love The Gift of Joy started The Teddy Bear drive so that our members can share some love and joy with children in government hospitals.
We encouraged people from all across South Africa to take part in the Teddy Bear drive and a team in Port Elizabeth was established by Janine Mitchell who sprung into action. She recruited some volunteers and with a lot of hard work and persistence they got permission from the hospitals to hand out the teddy bears on 23 February.
The Port Elizabeth team started to market the teddy Bear drive, contacted friends and family who all came together and donated teddy bears.
They set a target of 200 Teddy Bears and reached well over the 200 mark.
On the 23 February a lot of children were pleasantly surprised when a cute Teddy Bear all of a sudden appeared in front of them.
The smiles on their faces were priceless and you could see how much JOY the teddy bear gave them.
Christmas time is all about giving and in November 2014 the parents of Prestige Baby and Kids Academy—Waverley formed the idea to do a Christmas shoebox for the children in the Diepsloot community.
What started on one Friday evening as an idea had turned into one magical and amazing story by the following Friday.
A team was quickly formed and via social media and emails. The word of what the parents were doing spread like wild fire. Before we knew it, funds where raised to do an entire event.
Corporate companies came on board and donated funds, individuals donated shoeboxes, entertainment and food was donated.
A date was set and the event was planned for just 3 weeks later.
A team of volunteers got together, purchased the goodies and packed 300 gift hampers.
Food was donated and we fed over 300 children.
The big day arrived and the joy on the children's faces was absolutely priceless. The JOY the team felt in our hearts was overwhelming.