Laid-off Church NGO Staff Achieve Doubled Buckets of Love
The last project which Catholic Welfare & Development (CWD), the former social development agency of the archdiocese of Cape Town, worked on was its annual “Buckets of Love” campaign.
These buckets contained food and toiletries, and were given to the poor at Christmas.
CWD staff insisted on seeing the campaign through even after having been made redundant — and were rewarded by donors more than doubling staffers’ target number.
“In the midst of closing down the organisation, we had set our goal at 2000 buckets for distribution,” said former staff development officer Eugene Jackson.
“In the end we managed to distribute a total of 4 604 buckets to parishes and organisations who feed and assist our vulnerable communities,” he said.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors and volunteers who came out to assist with the packing of buckets,” Mr Jackson said.
“Contributions came in from around the globe to bring a bit of cheer and a full tummy to those in need over the festive period.”
He said that, as with several other CWD projects, “we are actively working towards handing over the Buckets of Love campaign to ensure its continuity into the future”.