Pack a box for those in need this festive season

Supporting those in need over the festive season just got easier. Shared office space solutions company, The Workspace, in partnership with XtraSpace Self Storage, SpaceBox and EcoBox are making it simple for anyone living in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ballito or Pietermaritzburg to help others and make a difference.

All you have to do is to pack a box with products and goods for those in need. The various  charities supporting women, children, the aged and abused animals have indicated what they need. Then deliver it to any one of The Workspace or XtraSpace Self Storage branches.

The Workspace CEO, Colleen Mansour, says, “Many people want to give to worthy causes and not just hand out cash, but don’t have time to explore credible welfare organisations. The Workspace has made giving easy to help those in need. In the communities we operate, we’ve identified nearly 20 charities and asked them what they need that they can’t afford.

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Workspace CEO, Colleen Mansour

“Our staff and our members – business owners, entrepreneurs and freelancers who use our shared office spaces and services – have started to fill boxes with essential products and goods. But we want to scale up this effort to deepen our impact. We are calling on members of the public to help us pack 8 000 boxes by Friday 6 December 2019, when we will sort and deliver the boxes to the deserving charities.

“The Workspace business has been built around basic principles of co-working, collaboration, sharing and connecting. This year, we are taking this business ethos to a new level. The involvement of the public will be crucial to achieving our ambitious target.

Pack a box

“They need us and now, we need you,” says Mansour. “Most of us enjoy the festive period relaxing with families and friends while enjoying good food. Sadly, for many people, it is a difficult time. Too many people are destitute, sick, abused and deprived. The year-end is also a time when domestic animals are traumatised as they dart away from fireworks or are left abandoned by heartless owners.

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“Every box we receive counts. For a child, it could be a clean pair of underwear or socks and some crayons. While for a woman, it could be a clean sheet and some toiletries. For an older person, it could be some soft sweets, deodorant and a magazine. For an animal, it could be a flea collar, a blanket and some food.

“We’ve made it easy for members of the public to get involved. All they have to do is decide which charity they want to support, fill up a box (or gift bag), label it with their name, contact number, a list of items in the box, and their preferred charity, and drop it off at the closest The Workspace or XtraSpace Self Storage branch.”

The initiative is being run in partnership with Kindness like Confetti and in partnership with XtraSpace, SpaceBox and EcoBox.

Charities being supported are:


Abused Woman and Woman Cancer

  • Frida Hartley Shelter for Abused and Abandoned Women and Children
  • The Oncology wards at Baragwanath (Breast Cancer ward)



Items the charities need include:

Elderly – Chewable sweets and cookies, Soap and Facecloth, Toothpaste and Toothbrush, Magazines/Books, Spoils (eg. Deodorant etc.)
Animals – Food, Blnket, Collar, Toy, Animal Treats, Dewormer
Children – Toiletries, Sweets, Toys, Stationery, Blanket, Bags (eg. Sport bag/ Weekend bag)
Women – Sanitary Products, Soap and Facecloth, Hair Brush, Lotion, Sweets, Spoils (eg. Deodorant, Nail polish)

The Workspace and XtraSpace Self Storage branches where boxes should be dropped off are located at:

in need

The Workspace

Branch Address Contact number
Village Road 21 Village Road, Selby, Johannesburg 2001 (011) 044 9400
Melrose Arch Block G, 2nd Floor, 44 Melrose Boulevard, Birnam, Johannesburg 2196 (010) 020 1860
Morningside 140A Kelvin Drive, Morningside Manor, Sandton, Johannesburg 2196 (011) 064 1600
Sunninghill 1 Maxwell Drive, Sunninghill, Sandton, Johannesburg 2191 (011) 052 2800
Wynberg 1 Chadwick Avenue, Wynberg, Johannesburg 2090 (011) 052 1800
Midrand 191 Bekker Road, Midrand, Johannesburg 1686 (087) 820 4040
Blackheath 299 Pendoring Rd, Unit 1 Pendoring Office Park, Randburg, 2195 (011) 589 5800
Robindale 63 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg, Johannesburg 2194 (011) 086 0600
Pretoria The Club Shopping Centre, Second Floor, Cnr. Pinaster Avenue & 18th Street, Hazelwood, Pretoria 0081 (012) 764 7200
Ballito Corner Moffat Dr and Stewart Dr, Ballito, Durban (032) 815 4000
PMB 18 Montrose Park Blvd, Victoria Country Club Estate, 170 Peter Brown Dr, Montrose, Pietermaritzburg 3201 (033) 816 7000



Branch Address Contact number
Durban 40 Khuzimphi Shezi Road, Berea, Durban, 4001 (031) 301 2565
Durban 41 Khuzimphi Shezi Road, Berea, Durban, 4001 (031) 301 2565
PMB 44 Portland Road, Mkondeni, Pietermaritzburg, 3212 (082) 669 2446
PMB 21 Du Toit Viljoen Road, Willowton, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 (071) 053 4378
Cape Town 27 Strand Road, Belgravia, Cape Town, 7530 (021) 917 1234
Cape Town 11 Mobile Road, Matroosfontein, Cape Town, 7490 (021) 386 1847
Cape Town 27-31 Kiaat Road, Kraaifontein Industria, Cape Town, 7570 (021) 988 2983
(021) 988 2984
Alberton 04 Combrinck Street, Alrode, Alberton, 1447 (011) 908 6568
Alberton 1 Garfield Road, Alrode, Alberton, 1451 (011) 908 6715
Alberton 44 Goodwood Road, Newmarket, Alberton, 1449 (011) 864 0081
Brakpan 6 Jan Buis Street, Van Eck Park, Brakpan, 1459 (011) 915 2792
Centurion 19 Rudolph St, Sunderland Ridge, Centurion,0157 (011) 052 7600
Centurion 19 Sandstone Ave, Zwartkop, Centurion, 0051 (011) 052 7600
Edenvale 1 Pressburg Road, Founders Hill, Lethabong, 1609 (011) 452 1832
(011) 609 7137
Edenvale 77 Brunton Circle, Founders Hill, Lethabong, 1609 (011) 452 1832
(011) 609 7137
Jhb CBD 268 Commissioner Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg, 2094 (011) 334 6195
Jhb South 78 Booysens Rd, Booysens, Johannesburg, 2016 (011) 493 4886
Jhb South 39 Kindon Rd, Robertsham, Johannesburg, 2091 (011) 433 3625
Kempton Park Cnr Great North Road and Deodar Street, Kempton Park, 1619 (011) 979 3540
Sandton 5 Thora Crescent, Wynberg, Sandton, 2090 (011) 262 0484
Vereeniging 3 Leeuwenhoek Road, Duncanville, Vereeniging, 1939 (016) 422 8892
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