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MPULL joins forces with The Haven Night Shelter for Mandela Day

Every year on Mandela Day, millions of South Africans give 67 minutes to commemorate the memory of a man who fought so hard to improve the lives of people in this country.

67 minutes a year might not seem like much, but if everyone in the country puts just over an hour aside once a year, that’s over 59 million hours spent doing good! This year, our MPULL office is dedicating 67 minutes to make hampers for The Haven Night Shelter in Claremont.

A night shelter that doesn’t only offer the homeless a bed for the night

The Haven Night Shelter was set up in 1978 and has since been dedicated to giving people sleeping rough not only a bed for the night (or several nights, if need be), but reuniting its clients with their loved ones. Not only that, guests at the shelter have access to food, physical care and social welfare – things most of us take for granted.

It’s the small things – like toothpaste and deodorant – that can have the biggest impact on comfort

MPULL joins forces with The Haven Night Shelter for Mandela Day

You might think that food would be the most important thing to donate to a homeless shelter, but shelters like The Haven require all kinds of other supplies to keep their vulnerable occupants going. This is why MPULL has pooled together over 24 hampers filled with essentials like toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, bedding, deodorant and toothbrushes (with a few packet of non-perishable Smarties and Wine Gums thrown in!) to donate to the shelter – products that can have a massive impact on quality of life and comfort.

MPULL joins forces with The Haven Night Shelter for Mandela Day

Our Mandela Day efforts come from as far away as Florida

Our 67 minutes will be spent packing these products into hampers to send to the shelter. As well as our material donation, our Florida-based MPULL member, Rebecca, donated the very generous sum of $50 (about R700) to our cause.

Have you – either at home or at work – done anything (large or small) incredible for Mandela Day this year? If you’d like to donate to The Haven Night Shelter’s Mandela Day drive, visit their website.

MPULL joins forces with The Haven Night Shelter for Mandela Day

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