With all the hype surrounding Black Friday, it is important to remind ourselves of those who struggle to support their families during the festive season. Since 2012, #GivingTuesday has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity on the Tuesday following Black Friday.
For many, the festive season is a happy time filled with gifts and festive cheer. However, at Home from Home, the end of the year is a costly time.
Home from Home is a non-profit organisation, a registered cluster foster scheme, and so much more. It is also a family of dedicated social workers, foster moms and support staff who are committed to providing loving supported and supervised community-based foster care for more than 200 orphaned, abused, neglected and vulnerable children.
There are many expenses at this time of the year. It is important that each child has the opportunity to experience the joy of Christmas in a loving home, and receive their own Christmas gift. Many of the Home from Home children will also need stationery, school uniforms and shoes, ensuring they have everything they need to start school off on the right foot.
Therefore, Home from Home has joined the #GivingTuesday movement with GivenGain in the hopes that this will assist their foster families with the huge costs that come at this time of the year.
Those interested in making a difference are encouraged to pledge any amount that you can to help contribute to the much-needed families. Here is an idea of the costs that our foster families incur over the festive season:
Swimsuit: R100 per child
School Shoes: R250 per child
Christmas present: R300 per child
Family Fun Day: R320 per child
Back to school stationery: R500 per child
Back to school uniform: R700 per child
About Home from Home:
Home from Home was founded in 2005 by Jane Payne and Pippa Shaper in the firm belief that living in a small family unit, with a dedicated foster mother or parents, is the next best place for children who cannot be cared for by their own biological families. Now under the hand of Executive Director, Peter Marx, Home from Home has grown to 36 homes across the Western Cape, from Ocean View to Villiersdorp, Goodwood to George, Masiphumelele to Plettenberg Bay.