Warm Up Winter: Lifestyle Giving

Warm Up Winter: Lifestyle Giving

The day before the Warm Up Winter Big Sort I participated in a mountain bike race in Grabouw. It was 3 degrees when we started the race and the terrain was wet and muddy from heavy rain. Usually I would have been irritated that I had to face these obstacles while pursuing a leisurely activity. But, on this occasion I found myself thinking about the harsh reality of winter for those living in the nearby township – people who have to navigate the freezing temperatures …

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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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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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Why working at an NGO made me less generous

Why working at an NGO made me less generous

I’m sure most of us have had that moment when, through a deadline-infused haze, we’ve thought, “Maybe I should just quit my job and go work for an NGO.”

The thought usually brings with it a few ‘warm and fuzzies’. You ponder on all the good you can do for mankind, and how working for an NGO would surely make you a better person, right?

Part of me is hoping my mother will never read this, because, well, here’s the truth: working for an NGO made me 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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Warm Up Winter: What You Had To Say

Earlier this month, we asked you to help us Warm Up Winter by giving your good quality clothing to bless thousands of vulnerable people in Cape Town. Here’s what some of you had to say about the experience:

The Common Ground Church youth from Frequency visited Christine Revell Children’s Home to drop off their Warm Up Winter bags

“We had a good conversation in our small group about where the clothing should go and discussed how we could give in a way that would promote relationship, …

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How a traffic light encounter changed my idea of giving

Just another church clothing drive. That’s what Fuel Team member Caroline Maile thought of Warm Up Winter before one experience changed her mind.

Photo Credit: jenny downing via Compfight cc

I honestly never really thought much about Warm Up Winter other than that it was a great opportunity to clean out my cupboards. I knew it would help someone somewhere along the line but I didn’t expect to feel the real weight of what we were doing or ever find out whose lives we might be …

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