Disaster management teams in various municipalities in South Africa always go beyond the call of duty when faced by challenges of runaway fires. Many of Gift of the Givers volunteers are personnel that come from these municipalities. In addition, we have a large pool of private volunteers who can intervene locally if necessary.
Gift of the Givers provides humanitarian aid directly to communities and families who suffer severe material loss during a fire disaster. These include blankets, plastic sheeting, new clothing, shoes, food, baby milk, linen, dishes, stationery, diapers, sanitary pads, school clothing and other relevant items.
Whilst Gift of the Givers has responded to numerous fires over the years, particularly over the winter period, the Knysna fire of 2017 caused massive, and widespread damage. Our six month long response saw an outpour of generosity from fellow South Africans resulting in relief to people, animals and even bees.