What exactly is happening?
Millions have fled violence and horrific brutality from IS and warring factions in Syria. Iraq has 8,290,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance (UNICEF), while Lebanon has a further 2,900,000 (UNOCHA) and Jordan more than 750,000 refugees (UNHCR).
Most left with just the clothes they were wearing. Having escaped, they now face the harsh reality of trying to shelter from the unforgiving winter in the region which will bring snow and heavy rain. Babies, children and adults are in danger of dying of hypothermia in camps and informal settlements because there isn’t enough humanitarian aid to keep them warm.
They urgently need donations of good quality items to help in the winter, and agencies need financial donations to cover the costs of transporting the desperately-needed items to the Middle East.
St Peter’s Church, in the town centre (CO1 1DZ, at the top of North Hill) is acting a drop-off point for gifts and donations, in the first instance for one weekend only, on:
Friday 2nd October
Saturday 3rd October
Sunday 4th October
The donations will then be checked, sorted and boxed, ready for their journey to the Middle East.
THE SMALL PRINT.
The Refugee Relief Project is running in partnership with Christian Hope International, working alongside Samara’s Aid Appeal. For further details, please contact Rev Mark Wallace ([email protected] / The Vicarage, Balkerne Close, Colchester CO1 1NZ).
How can I get involved?
We need volunteers to help in various ways: some to receive the gifts, others to check, sort and box them, and others to transport them to the depot in London. If you could help for some time on 2nd, 3rd or 4th October, or as the items are checked, sorted and boxed on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th October, then we would love to hear from you: 07407 506708 or [email protected]
A list of the items that are desperately needed is outlined on the back of this leaflet. Perhaps you might consider buying one item (a blanket, a sleeping bag etc) and giving it to be taken to be used by someone in great need? Simply drop off your gifts on 2nd, 3rd, or 4th October. We hope to have volunteers on hand to help on North Hill if you come by car and are unable to park. Please don’t bring anything not on the list, and please only bring items of good quality.
It costs roughly £6500 to send each lorry to the Middle East. Please consider making a donation – either in cash at the church, or preferably by transfer to St Peter’s PCC (sort code 09-01-54, account 36051087), reference: REFUGEES. We will ensure the money is used to get the gifts to those in such desperate need.
Below is a list of what is needed. Please do not bring anything that is not on this list. Everything should be in excellent condition (ie. with working zips and/or intact buttons, stain free, with no holes, from a smoke free environment!). Please wash any used items (clothes, blankets and bedding) before donating.
- winter coats and snow-wear (for adults, children & babies)
- winter jumpers (for adults, children & babies)
- brand new underwear (but only if still in intact packaging)
- blankets (either new or newly washed)
- sleeping bags (either new or newly washed)
- towels (but only if in immaculate condition)
- sheets (but only if in immaculate condition)
- disposable nappies (complete packs only, no swim nappies)
- wellington boots (clean, for adults or children)
- wheelchairs and/or zimmer frames
- crutches (paired)
Please do not bring anything
that is not on this list.