Collection for Refugees

Syria & Iraq Crisis AppealThe banana boxes are piling up as we get ready for this year’s collection of winter clothing, bedding and other essential items for refugees in the Middle East.

The UN estimates that there are now over 20 million refugees and displaced persons in countries like Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, most of whom have fled the horrific fighting and destruction of their homes. Some are in camps, but others are struggling to survive in any shelter they can find. Faced with the prospect of a harsh winter, many will die due to malnutrition and lack of decent clothing and shelter.

Refugee Camp 2

Last year’s collection saw a huge response from the community, and we would love to do the same (or more!) this year. To find out what we’re collecting, and details of dates etc. click to visit this page. We’re also grateful for any offers of help with sorting and packing the donations – come along to the church on one of the collection days and get stuck in!

A Syrian girl receives her box of aid

To hear more about the collection, listen to an interview that Julia did yesterday morning on local radio station Bay FM (starts at about 1hr 5mins):