5 Alternative Ways to Give This Winter

5 Alternative Ways to Give This Winter

We’ve been chatting a lot in the office about giving. It’s kind of been a big theme over the last few chilly months, with the Warm Up Winter campaign taking place and when stepping out of doors could mean being drenched in seconds, or being greeted by an icy wind.

Although we know it’s important to give throughout the year, winter definitely makes us more aware of those without adequate shelter, warm clothing, or food. Life just is that much more tough.

So what do we do?

Donating clothing …

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What is Urban Gleaning? A 2 Min Must-Read

What is Urban Gleaning? A 2 Min Must-Read

Based on God’s generosity laws in the Old Testament, “Urban Gleaning” is a modern day model for ensuring that when Christians are involved in the giving and receiving of time, things, skills or money, which is still necessary in a world of inequalities, dignity is upheld to the highest standard.

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick …

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How I’ve Learned To Give

How I’ve Learned To Give

How do I channel my desire to give so that it doesn’t make the receiver feel awkward, or worse, come across as arrogant and belittling?

I’m sure many of us are pondering this and similar questions as we take part in Warm Up Winter. Here are some of my reflections based on what I’ve learnt from being on the receiving end.

The importance of relationship

My father is one of the most generous people I know. When I’d go home for university holidays, he’d never let me leave without …

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4 Common Giving Mistakes I’ve Made

4 Common Giving Mistakes I’ve Made

Something a Common Grounder shared with me over a Sunday lunch has been ringing in my head for the last few weeks.

The thought was this: “We are all equal in Christ, but given our recent history, white people will struggle with the temptation to feel superior to other races, and blacks will feel tempted to feel inferior to whites, eroding our dignity and causing our unity to crumble.”

This statement put me in a state of deep reflection about how we give. Yes – I always …

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Do you know what W.A.R.M stands for?

Do you know what W.A.R.M stands for?

You may have heard that our Warm Up Winter campaign is just around the corner, but before we start sorting clothes, let’s remember why we’re really doing this. Here’s a useful acronym we came up with to help us do this. Its just four simple letters. W. A. R. M.

W is for ‘Who are we doing this for?’

It’s easy to fall into a response that’s driven by a need rather than by the person, or people, behind the need. So while you participate in this campaign, think of …

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3 Surprising things to give to those without homes

3 Surprising things to give to those without homes

Last night, our small group gathered with hot chocolate in hand and fires blazing to do a mini-Warm Up Winter sort.

We each brought a few items of good quality clothing to sort into parcels to give to people and organisations we know who are in need of warm clothing this winter.

It was a fun thing to do together, but it was also really challenging as we shared stories about who the clothing was going to bless.

My husband spoke about the friendship he’s built with a …

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The one step before giving most of us miss

The one step before giving most of us miss

Did you know that over 500 000 Capetonians live in informal dwellings prone to flooding? If you’re warm, dry, and have access to heat today, you can count yourself among the privileged. Yikes.

Imagine having to sleep on crates so that you escape the puddles on your floor, or not being able to keep your children warm and dry at night.

The thought is enough to make many of us donate blankets and warm clothing just to do something, anything, to help. But we may be missing a …

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Are our blanket donations really enough?

Are our blanket donations really enough?

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus – Matthew 14:22 (NIV)

If there is one miracle that Cape Town needs each winter it’s the one of Peter and Jesus walking on water. “Cape Town in winter” – a phrase that strikes a chill into anyone who’s experienced the cold, wet and windy weather that lashes the Cape this time of year.

For about two-thirds of the residents of Cape Town (that’s around one million people) it means an …

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What Is Urban Gleaning?

What Is Urban Gleaning?

Caroline Powell unpacks how we can use biblical principles to give in a way that dignifies and uplifts those we’re trying to help.

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19: 9-10

Based on God’s generosity …

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4 Common giving mistakes I’ve made

4 Common giving mistakes I’ve made

As Warm Up Winter kicks off, Common Good Executive Director, Sarah Binos, shares some of her personal discoveries about giving in ways that won’t erode dignity. 

Something a Common Grounder shared with me over a Sunday lunch has been ringing in my head for the last few weeks.

The thought was this: “We are all equal in Christ, but given our recent history, white people will struggle with the temptation to feel superior to other races, and blacks will feel tempted to feel inferior to whites, eroding our …

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