WOW! We are delighted to report that after an amazing response, we now have over 400 boxes and bags of aid ready to be sent off to the Middle East.
A massive thank you to everyone who has given so generously, and all the volunteers who came to help sort and pack all the donations. You can see a brief glimpse of what happened in the video below.
This year’s collection is now over, and we can’t take any more items for the time being. However, do consider giving a financial donation to help with the transportation costs. More details below.
Why Are We Collecting?
There are still millions of people fleeing violence and the destruction of their homes and livelihoods in the Middle East.
The UN estimates that there are now well over 20 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance across Syria, Iraq and their neighbouring countries. Whilst many who have left their homes are now living in camps, many more are living in temporary accomodation elsewhere. They now face the prospect of a harsh winter with inadequate clothing and shelter. Each year many children and adults die due to lack of basic supplies.
Once again we have partnered with Samara’s Aid Appeal to organise a local collection of clothes & bedding to be sent to the Middle East.
Every box of aid costs roughly £5 to send 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. There will be a box available on the collection days to put donations in, or if you’d rather make an online payment please click here to visit the Samara’s Aid Appeal website.
On Sunday 9th October we will be holding a special celebratory service at the Venture Hall in Moor Lane. The service starts at 10.30am, and will be a chance to think and pray in more detail about the refugee crisis. It will be an informal time and children are very welcome. The service will be followed by lunch, so do stay if you can and bring something to share.
For more information about the collection, please don’t hesitate to contact James or Julia Henley on 01395 443137 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.