Stonelaw residents answer call for aid
Big- hearted Stonelaw residents have rallied round following calls for urgent donations of clothing and footwear for families affected by the refugee crisis.
When parishioners expressed their desire to assist, Stonelaw Church elder Louise Mairs contacted the group People to People Solidarity Action from UK.
The church volunteered to accept donations, which will be picked up by the action group and transported by four vans to a refugee camp at Calais in mid-October.
Students who are members of the group and have recently returned from the Calais field camp addressed parishioners last week to explain first hand what they have experienced of the refugees’ plight.
They told of a pressing need in particular for small to medium- sized men’s clothing, boots, trainers, fleeces and jackets. Many, they said, are ill- equipped for the weather conditions and are still wearing just sandals.
Volunteers also highlighted a need for tents and tarpaulins, fire wood, ring-pull cans of food and antiseptic creams.
“People are really generous and keen to help,” said Louise, who is asking local supermarkets for support.
“These people are living on a field with no plumbing or electricity, and the weather is closing in.
“It doesn’t matter what your political opinion is – from a humanitarian point of view, churches are banding together to help out. It is heart-warming to see.”
Stonelaw Church is accepting donations at the church cafe Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 12.30pm until Sunday, September 20.