Knit a square
G4S South Africa supports the worthwhile Knit–A–Square (KAS) project
Knit-A-Square (KAS) is a not-for-profit organization that coordinates the sewing together of knitted squares received from more than 60 countries around the world and then distributes these blankets together with stationery, clothing and toys to orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa. Via the internet the initiative has blossomed with people from all over the world sending hundreds of knitted squares every month to the KAS project in South Africa.
G4S assists Knit-A-Square with logistical arrangements by collecting and sorting mail, maintaining a database of contributors, corresponding with contributors and sewing together and distributing blankets. This project is staff volunteer based and G4S also sponsors a vehicle which is used for the delivering of blankets to disadvantaged communities.
The project has grown to such an extent that, in addition to knitted squares, they receive donations of clothing, gifts, toys and other useful items. Having separated them, the squares are packaged and sent to the G4S managed Mangaung Correctional Centre at Bloemfontein to be made into blankets as part of a workshop for inmates.
This project also offers MCC offenders an opportunity to give back to the community. Once the blankets are made, KAS and the local offices of G4S Care and Justice Service and G4S Cash Solutions give these colourful blankets, clothes and toys to needy children living in local slum communities.