Stonelaw res­i­dents an­swer call for aid

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Nikki Ten­nant

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.

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