Anne Winther is organising a collection of items for Syrian refugees amongst St Mary’s congregation to be delivered in due course to one of the central Scotland collection depots. The Church Room will be the interim collection point and delivery is via Richard
Requests for donations are as follows:
– Men’s warm jackets and waterproofs size small-medium, underwear and socks. Men’s belts and trousers and jeans size 28-32. The ratio of men to women in the camps is 10:1 and there are currently few children.
– Men’s shoes size UK 7-9, EU size 41-43
– Men’s gloves, scarves and hats.
– Tents, tarpaulins, sleeping bags, camp beds, sleeping mats, blankets and towels.
– Candles, matches, torches and batteries, wind-up torches, head torches or other equipment that can be used for light.
– Basic toiletries such as hand sanitiser, bars of soap, toothpaste, wash cloths, toothbrushes, tissues, razors and shaving foam.
– Vitamins, medicine and basic first aid supplies like plasters, bandages, antiseptic creams, over-the-counter painkillers and generic antibiotics.
– Dry, packaged and tinned food that is easily transportable and won’t quickly expire. Pulses and grains such as lentils and rice are much appreciated, and products that do not contain gelatine or pork are important.
– Camping stoves, pots, pans and utensils.
– Smart phones with sim cards, and European adaptors.
– Books in varying languages, including French and English dictionaries and educational books.
Also, think about attaching notes, cards or letters to your donations, messages of hope and acceptance, reminders that there are people who care! Think of what many of these people are going through, and what comfort kind words and gestures can bring.