Seeking safety in Europe is physically and emotionally hard for children, families and individuals who have been forced to leave their homes to escape violence and war. A mix of hope, fear and love fuels whole families through unrelentingly hostile landscapes and fuels others, like to help support them however they are able. Thousands of people are currently on this long perilous journey in Europe – 40% are children and many more are vulnerable or elderly adults. Help is as scarce and hindrance is everywhere. In the last nine months our team has learned from refugees what support/aid really can make a difference. We need your help urgently to offer thousands of people the simple things they tell us will help most*, things which support dignity, safety, release, shelter, support and comfort for refugees.
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Costs listed for each section are estimates based on the best available prices for good quality lasting items and current local service charges. There suggested amounts for donations, but any amount you can give is valued and valuable. We will always strive to make the most out of every donation. Watch this space for non-financial ways to make a real contribution! *currently we are not fundraising for food, water or sanitary products as other colleagues are working to provide these supplies or local warehouses have sufficient stock.
Thank you for donating!
Here are just some of the things you are enabling us to do on your behalf for the refugees:
WHAT IS NEEDED .. DESPERATELY
Sleeping BagsCompact sleeping bags are needed so that refugees can take them with them.
Mens TrousersTrousers separated by waist size one size per box.
Suitable for walking, as people have a 60km walk from the northern shores of Lesbos to Mytellini.
- Both shoes tied, in a small bag or taped together
- EU size easily seen
- Mixed sizes in a box is fine.
Don’t mix children’s shoes with adults
NEW Underwear & SocksAll items MUST be brand new and still in their packets. Separate boxes for men, women and children.
WHAT WE DO NOT NEEDas we have warehouses full of this gear
- Children’s clothes
- Women’s clothes (other than waterproof coats)
- Water absorbent Blankets/Duvets
- Babies bottles or powder forumula (do not give these, they make babies sick due to poor sterilisation availability in camps)
- Large pushchairs
- Childrens shoes (for now)