CLAW brings Christmas cheer to communities in need

CLAW Christmas 2016

This Christmas, Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) partnered with generous donors and celebrated the holiday season with the Syferbult and Durban Deep communities.

The annual CLAW Christmas party for the Durban Deep community has become the highlight of the year for both the young and old. Based in Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa, IFAW CLAW offices not only offer animal welfare assistance, but also take an active interest the members of local community as well.

Decorations made by CLAW’s kids club were proudly displayed around the property and children who participate in kids club soon arrived and began to play tag in the grass.

Entertainment included face painting, bubble blowing and posing for photos. Lunch was served and then came time for gift giving. Due to the generosity of sponsors, each child received a gift this year. Cora Bailey, Founder of CLAW, assisted Santa in handing out of the gifts. Many community members came to experience the day and share in the joy. Gifts ranged from boxes of chocolates, dolls, soccer balls, plush toys for babies and new infant kits for expecting mothers.

The holiday celebrations did not end with Durban Deep. Located an hour away from CLAW, the Syferbult community was also visited by CLAW staff with gifts and treats for people of all ages.  

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CLAW not only cares for the companion animals of Syferbult, but takes an active interest in the people who make up this rural community.

With Christmas being such a special time, CLAW could not let the children of Syferbult miss out on the wonder and excitement of the season. Thanks to the overwhelming Christmas gifts that were donated , CLAW was able to bring festive cheer to those both young and old.

CLAW vehicles were packed with a variety of gifts, and staff members prepared essential necessities for the day. Driving in convoy, the CLAW team looked forward to a day filled with joy and sharing the Christmas spirit.

On arrival, the team met with community leader “Big Jim,” who immediately led Cora Bailey, founder of CLAW, to a Malawian family he brought to Syferbult especially to meet her. The family, particularly one of the sons, suffers from malnutrition. Families in need of food parcels were noted and a trip back was planned for the next day to ensure those in need would receive these vital necessities.  

Excitement grew as CLAW vans started making their way into the community. One street at a time, each home was visited. Once the gifts and treats were given, each child’s face was painted. Elderly members of the community received a box of chocolates. Expressions of delight, on the face of those cherishing their piece of chocolate, made volunteers stop and wipe away a tear.

Over 100 children received gifts in one day. The gratitude expressed by each was overwhelming and truly heart-warming. It is the kindness and generosity of donors that made this possible and CLAW would like to thank each and every sponsor for their assistance.

It is the connection to the community that makes CLAW such a beacon of hope. CLAW would like to thank every sponsor and donor who donated towards the day. Without the kind generosity of these individuals the CLAW Christmas parties would not have been successful.


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