Collection for Refugees

Like many, we continue to watch with horror the unfolding crisis in the Middle East. The media coverage has largely moved on, but there are still millions of people who have lost everything, including their homes, belongings and dignity. Many have had their homes completely destroyed, and now find themselves living in camps or temporary accommodation. Many, especially women and girls, are still fearing for their lives, and find themselves vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Many lack the basics they need for hygiene and sanitation.

Once again we have partnered with Samara's Aid Appeal to organise a collection of aid for these people in desperate need. We're immensely grateful to everyone who's donated generously to our previous two appeals, and would like to do it all again!

Refugee Camp 2

How Can I Help?

This year we are not collecting used clothing and blankets as before. Instead, we would love it if you could buy new items from one (or several) of the lists below.

The easiest way to get started is to buy something off the loose items list. If you want to go a bit further, please look at the instructions for Smiley Bags, Dignity Bags and Care Packs. The final way is by giving a financial donation, which will help to offset the huge costs of getting this aid to the people who need it. See below for more details.

This year's collection dates and addresses are below. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Loose Items

If you would like to give something, please buy one or more items from the list below. Please note that with the exception of wheelchairs, zimmer frames & crutches all items need to be brand new and, apart from hand-knitted items, still have original tags/packaging.

  • Soap, Deodorant & Shampoo Bars
  • New Handknitted Clothing & Blankets
  • New Underwear (for women and children)
  • Wheelchairs, Zimmer Frames & Crutches
  • Disposable Nappies
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sanitary Towels
  • Incontinence Pads
  • New clothes for expectant mothers and babies
  • Toothbrushes & Paste

Smiley Bags

The conflicts in the Middle East are robbing hundreds of thousands of children of their innocence, their happiness and their education. Each Smiley Bag is filled with toiletries, underwear, toys and love will bring a little joy to one child.

If you would like to help by filling a Smiley Bag:

  1. Click here for a packing list and instructions. You do NOT need to buy the bag to put your items in - we will provide this.
  2. Bring all your items (and completed checklist) to the Wave Community Cafe or to our chapel on one of the collection dates below.

Dignity Bags

Dignity Bags are simple drawstring bags filled with essential items for women and girls, aimed at providing some of the basics of hygiene and sanitation

Samara writes, 'Often when our teams on the ground distribute aid to displaced people, the women approach our female team members asking for sanitary towels. It is difficult enough to lose everything, but to have to beg for something as basic as sanitary towels is humiliating for women and girls in this position. These women and girls have been through tremendous hardships and most face a very bleak future. We would like to bless them by giving them a bag of items which contains some of the essential items they will need just to maintain a basic sense of dignity.

If you would like to help by filling a Dignity Bag:

  1. Click here for a packing list and instructions. You do NOT need to buy the bag to put your items in - we will provide this.
  2. Bring all your items (and completed checklist) to the Wave Community Cafe or to our chapel on one of the collection dates below.

Care Packs

If you want to give more than a Dignity or Smiley Bag, you may want to consider filling a care pack. These are banana boxes (available for free from supermarkets) filled with various essential items.

There are four different types of care packs. Click on one of the packing lists below for instructions about what needs to be in each box.

Once you have followed the instructions and filled your box, please bring it to The Wave Community Cafe on a Friday afternoon or to our chapel on one of the dates below.

Financial Donations

It costs roughly £5 to send each box of aid to the Middle East. As a church we will cover all the local costs for the collection, but it would great if you could help cover the transport costs from the UK overseas. Donations can be made by sending cash or a cheque to our address below, in person on one of the collection days, or online on the Samara's Aid Appeal website. Please make any cheques payable to 'Samara's Aid Appeal.'

Child with Box

Collection Dates

All donations/aid can be brought to one of the following locations:

The Wave Community Cafe
(Venture Hall, Moor Lane, B. Salterton)
Friday afternoons between 2 & 4.30pm until Friday 22nd September.

Budleigh Baptist Church
(Little Knowle, B. Salterton, EX9 6QS)
Tues 19th or Thurs 21st September between 7 & 9pm.

If you're involved with the collection through St Peter's School, bags can be returned to the school by Friday 29th September.

If you would like to give but can't make one of these dates, please get in touch and we'll make alternative arrangements. We're always grateful for help sorting and packing all the donations - please get in touch if you'd like to help.

For more information about the collection, please don't hesitate to contact James or Julia Henley on 01395 443137 or by email at

Special Service

Join us for special church service to learn more about the refugee crisis, give thanks for the collection and pray for those in need.

This will be a family friendly service on Sunday 15th October in St Peter's School Hall. The service will start at 10.30am, and will be followed by a bring & share lunch - bring some finger food to add to the table.

All are very welcome, even if you'd don't normally attend church. There's no dress code and it doesn't matter if you don't know the songs! We look forward to seeing you there.

Last Year's Collection

Finally, here's the video we made of last year's collection. Thanks for all your support!