Twitter Blanket Drive #TBD2013

Twitter Blanket Drive #TBD2013

If you’re on Twitter and you haven’t heard of the Twitter Blanket Drive before, where have you been?! Hop on over to the website for more info, but I’m pretty sure you realise how many people in our country could do with a warm blanket or two during winter, while us lucky ones get to cozy up in our comfy beds in our nice warm homes.

The #TBD2013 site will give you more info on all the venues countrywide, and those taking place in the rest of Africa. For the purposes of this blog, and my involvement, I’m going to focus on the Durban Twitter Blanket Drive happenings.

@Wakaberry_1 are our main venue hosts on Saturday, 25 May, at their Durban North store, where a few of us tweeps will be hanging out from 12 midday. Come along for a meet and greet when you drop off your blankets, and some entertainment is in store for you as well! There’s also a collection bin available for you to drop off blankets between now and 25 May.

@NewsCa_NUR will also be a venue host on Saturday, 25 May. One or more of us tweeps will also be there to meet you and thank you for the blankets you bring. They will be offering a Rush Hour special with discounts on cocktails from 12pm to 2pm and again from 4pm to 6pm, so it’s definitely worth popping in! There’s also a collection bin available for you to drop off blankets between now and 25 May.

If you can’t make it on the day, or to Wakaberry Durban North or News Café Umhlanga, the following venues have collection bins, so you can drop your blankets off at any time between now and 25 May…

* Europa Florida Road
* St Clements in Musgrave Road
* The other Wakaberry stores in KZN – Westville, Florida Road, Umhlanga, Ballito
* The Shark Tank courtesy of @TheSharksZA
* Spar in Mandini
* @SpigaDurban in Florida Road
* All @HirschHomestore stores – Springfield, Ballito, Hillcrest, Pietermaritzburg, Umhlanga, Umlazi, Fourways, Centurion, Meadowvale, Struben’s Valley, Boksburg, Milnerton.

@Mega_Smiles has also come on board and will be collecting blankets on behalf of #TBD2013.

You can get polar fleece blankets for R49.99 at @SheetStreetZA, OR, you can deposit money into our bank account (details below) and we’ll gladly purchase them for you!

@matadormeatskzn is pledging R1 for every Twitter Follower, and R1 for every Facebook Fan, towards #TBD2013! And Ray, the owner, will match that same pledge in his personal capacity. Go Follow and Like!

For Durban, we’ve chosen KwaCare as the recipient of the blankets we collect (they’re also on Twitter here and Facebook here). They do awesome work in the KwaDabeka Informal Settlement, and we know the blankets you donate are going to be so very welcome in their community.

KwaCareWe’ve also set up a bank account for cash donations if you prefer, whether from a personal or corporate perspective (fully tax deductible, of course)…

Bank: First National Bank
Branch: Florida Road, Durban
Branch Code: 220 526
Account Number: 624 107 618 62
Account Holder: Twitter Blanket Drive

Please use your Twitter handle as your reference, or if you’re not on Twitter, your name, and then please comment on this post letting us know you’ve made a deposit, so that we can track it, and of course, say thank you 🙂

Please get involved in this very worthy cause in any way you can: spread the word among your family, friends and colleagues; join and share the Durban Facebook event; follow the happenings on Twitter (@TBDZA and #TBD2013) and Retweet to your followers; and where possible, donate blankets or funds.

On behalf of all the people who will be able to keep warmer this winter because of everyone’s efforts, THANK YOU!

INSTAGRAMMERS! Did you think we’d left you out? Ha! Grab the image below, and Instagram away (thanks to @gordsreid for instigating it, and @raeesahv for creating it!). Feel free to also use it as your avatar. Thank you for sharing 🙂

Twitter Blanket Drive Instagram


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  1. JHB #TBD2013

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