I’m not going to waste time telling you why our family has been moved to help, other than to say that today we’re hearing down to a drop off point to donate a suitcase of men’s coats and jumpers, some cooking pots, and our six-man tent. I love that tent, it’s got some very happy memories. But I love human beings more.
If you want to help by giving your own things, this is the Facebook page you need to go to – Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol. It also has details of how you can give money and other support.
There are various solidarity events planned, petitions to sign, and of course, writing to your MP to express your concern is always a good idea.
If you have ever, ever considered leaving your tent at a festival, or are having a baby this year and don’t think you’ll need your tent for a while, or could live without it, give it. There are people who cannot live without shelter.
Here’s a list of what is needed:
Here’s a map of where you can drop things off in Bristol, if you want to.
Edited: I am also working with a group of mums and dads to raise awareness under the #SaveSyriasChildren hashtag. You can do the same. Please don’t turn a blind eye. #SaveSyriasChildren To donate £5 please text SYRIA to 70008 which goes to Save The Children. That link has many details of precisely how your money will help directly.