WE NEED YOUR HELP to sort donations and to fill these containers so our warm clothing can reach the people who need it now.  We are also short of men’s gloves.  To volunteer or donate get on our facebook page ‘the highlands support refugees’ or twitter: @TheHighlandsSR.  Alternatively email THSR2015@outlook.com.

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Today (8-12-15) we saw the arrival of two containers donated by ‘AWS Ocean Energy’.  These containers are ready to be kitted out with shelving and then packed full of donations to go out next week.  The destination is currently unknown.  The camp they were destined for (Idomeni), is closing due to trouble on the Greece/Macedonian border.

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On Thursday 4th December we all received the harrowing news that our country is to participate in the war in Syria.  We know what this means.  More destruction; more blood-shed; and more displaced people seeking refuge.  The ‘lucky’ ones are the ones able to leave.  When they do, their passage to European shores is just as dangerous as the war they flee from.  People need our help now, more than ever.

On Saturday the people of the Highlands responded.  

We saw the biggest number of volunteers through the doors yet.  48 people came to sort through donations.  People traveled all the way from Thurso and Aberdeen and around 60-70 boxes were packed-ready to go-a huge effort!  A sincere thanks to all the lovely volunteers involved on Saturday and every week.

The Highlands have heart.

Donations, donations and more donations have been coming in from all over the Highlands.  We’ve had lovely people knitting, hats, socks and cardigans for children.  We’ve had people collecting kiddies underwear to go into our outfit packs we make up ready to hand out to kids of all sizes, and loads more contributions.  We’ve received arctics from Shetland and Stornoway and van loads from Orkney, Caithness, Golspie, Wick, Ullapool, Kinlochbervie, Gairloch Moray and Brora.  The effort in collecting and dispatching to us has been brilliant.

 

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A lorry containing 900 boxes arriving at our depot in Dingwall.

Not only are we seeing donations of clothes but money too.  The current total on our crowdfunding page is sitting at £925 and we have gratefully received cheques and money donations from others.  To donate click here:

https://earth-ways.com/projects/providing-practical-support-for-refugees-across-europe/

Now for some recent news that has lifted our hearts.  It concerns a lovely boy named Ethan.  Ethan is 7 and has been saving up his Sport’s direct vouchers to buy useful items for the refugees including, jogging bottoms, enamel cups, plates, tent pegs, groundsheets, blankets, cutlery sets, hats, socks and torches.  Mum says;

“Ethan is a very special chap and has a way of creeping into the hearts of people without even trying”

We look forward to meeting young Ethan when he delivers these wonderful items to us.

With all this collecting, sorting, boxing and what-not, it was high time the THSR bunch had a night out.  On Saturday 5th we held a fundraising ceilidh in Inverness, organised by James Shewan.  It was a great night, with dancing, stovies, cranachan and a raffle.  There was a great turn out and we raised £1111.11.  It was so successful I think we will need to do it all over again soon.  Thanks to everyone who helped organise it and to all who came, saw, ate, danced….and fell over (there’s always one!)

 

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