It’s winter in Cape Town – How can you assist?

As the chilly winter weather settles in Cape Town, it’s important to remember those who are less fortunate, particularly individuals who are experiencing homelessness.

The homelessness crisis is an issue that requires our attention and compassion throughout the year, but it becomes even more critical during the cold winter months.

There are various organisations and initiatives across the city where you can donate and make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need.

Here are a few options:

1. Shelter donations

One of the most pressing needs for those experiencing homelessness is a safe and warm place to sleep. Several organisations in Cape Town work tirelessly to provide shelter to those in need.

Consider donating items such as warm blankets, sleeping bags, pillows and winter clothing to shelters like The Haven Night Shelter or The Carpenter’s Shop.

These organisations play a crucial role in providing temporary accommodation and essential services to homeless individuals during the colder months.

2. Food and hygiene supplies

Another important way to support the homeless community during winter is by donating food and hygiene supplies. Organisations such as Ladles of Love and Souper Troopers Soup Kitchen focus on providing warm meals to those in need.

Consider contributing non-perishable food items, hygiene products, and toiletries to these organisations. Your donations can make a significant difference in ensuring that vulnerable individuals have access to nourishing meals and basic personal care items.

3. Winter clothing drives

Winter clothing drives are a fantastic way to directly help those on the streets facing the harsh winter weather. Organisations like StreetSmart South Africa often organise clothing drives, where you can donate warm clothing, coats, hats, scarves, gloves and socks.

These items not only offer much-needed protection against the cold but also show compassion and remind those in need that they are not forgotten.

4. Monetary donations

While donating physical items is valuable, monetary contributions can also have a profound impact on organisations working tirelessly to support the homeless community.

Donating money allows organisations to allocate funds where they are most needed, providing assistance with accommodation, medical care, employment support and more.

Consider contributing to well-established organisations like The Haven Night Shelter or The Homestead Projects for Street Children. Your monetary donations can help these organisations continue their essential work in combating homelessness in Cape Town.

5. Volunteering

In addition to donating, volunteering your time can be incredibly rewarding and impactful. Numerous organisations rely on dedicated volunteers to assist with various tasks such as serving meals, organising donations or providing support services.

Reach out to local shelters, soup kitchens or community centres to inquire about volunteering opportunities. By engaging directly with individuals experiencing homelessness, you can gain a deeper understanding of their needs and offer empathy and support.

Feel free to contact us on our Whatsapp: +27 (0) 72 238 9220 or email