The 2018 Bag of Love campaign, now in its 12th year, was launched this month, with the Executive Mayor, Ald Dudley Coetzee generously lending his support as patron.

Des Collins of Saint Vincent de Paul, Overstrand Mayor Dudley Coetzee and Bern van Niekerk, the owner of Eastcliff Spar who is again subsidising the Bags of Love that can be purchased at the store. PHOTO: Hedda Mittner

The Bags of Love project was initiated by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, a worldwide charity run by Catholic lay people. The Hermanus conference of Saint Vincent de Paul is hoping, with the help of the Overstrand community, to add a bit of Christmas cheer to the poorest of the poor in the community by providing them with a Bag of Love.

The bags will be distributed prior to Christmas across all our needy communities – and the number available for distribution will depend on the generosity of the people of the Overstrand.

“Support for the campaign comes from Rotary, the various church communities in Hermanus, Eastcliff Spar and many generous donors in their individual capacities,” says Terry McCarthy, President of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. “We are hoping that with the public’s support we’ll be able to distribute 1 000 Bags of Love between Hermanus and Stanford this Christmas season.”

The bag contains an assortment of basic food stuffs such as rice, sugar, mealie meal, beans, tea bags, peanut butter, cooking oil and salt. Bern van Niekerk, owner of Eastcliff Spar, has again generously agreed to subsidise the Bags of Love at a special price of R185 each. While doing their shopping, customers can simply request the cashier to add the cost of a Bag of Love and Spar’s personnel will pack the bag on your behalf. Customers are also welcome to add extra treats to the bags or to purchase a bag directly from Eastcliff Spar and give it to someone they consider most deserving.

Alternatively, individuals or businesses can participate by donating money directly into the following bank account: SVP-Bags of Love, ABSA Bank, Hermanus Branch, Account number 925 114 2278. All funds donated will be used to make up bags which will be delivered to St Vincent de Paul for onward distribution to those in need in the community.

For more information, contact Terry McCarthy on 083 2558614 or Des Collins on 082 8241058.

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