DONATIONS POUR IN FOR SURREY AID WINTER APPEAL
19 November 2016
Local residents have donated hundreds of bags and boxes full of clothes, food and medical supplies for refugee camps in Syria.
The collection was hailed a success by Surrey Aid Coordinator, Gemma Clancy, who said:
"Your generous donations will make a huge difference to people living in uncertain conditions and facing freezing temperatures as winter approaches in Syria. We'd like to thank everyone who donated today."
Elmbridge CAN team members joined local volunteers to help sort and pack the donations.
Elmbridge CAN volunteer, Vicki Felgate, said:
"This is the first time I've helped out on a collection day. It was amazing to see so many people, of all ages and walks of life, come together to help refugees."
We asked local resident, Mona, what inspired her to volunteer. She told us:
"I've taken donations to refugee camps in Dunkirk before. But I wanted something I could do locally. That's when I found Surrey Aid and heard about their winter appeal. It's so easy to feel overwhelmed by what's happening in the world. This has given me a way to actually do something, to actually help."
The donations will travel more than 3,000 miles to Syria and will be distributed among the thousands of displaced people living in temporary accommodation.
Food, medical supplies and blankets are the most urgent items. If you missed today’s collection and would like to donate, please contact us and we'll put you in touch with Surrey Aid.
Image: Elmbridge CAN