We are taking part in the national Choose Love campaign collecting hygiene products for Lesvos on Saturday 3rd October 2020.
For this donation drop we will only be accepting a limited range of things:
- nappies (new or opened, but not reusable, sizes 4 & 5 are most in demand but all are needed),
- new and unused toiletries: toothpaste, roll-on deodorant, shampoo, shower gel, and bars of soap,
- sanitary towels and
- double layer washable face masks.
These items will be distributed to refugees via the Attika warehouse in Lesvos, Greece.
Our drop of point is at the Fair Frome office, behind Frome Town Hall, Christchurch Street West, Frome BA11 1EB and this will only be between 10am & 12 midday on 3rd October.
If you email firstname.lastname@example.org we can give you a timed delivery slot. Otherwise you may have to wait in a socially distanced queue.
Please do not bring other items as we are not yet able to accept the full range of items that we usually do.
For further information about this campaign and information on other donation drop points please see the Help Refugees Choose Love website: https://helprefugees.org/news/october-collection/
We are hoping to do a similar donation drop in November which will be solely for tents, sleeping bags and blankets for Northern France: more info to follow.
Please note that our regular donation drops will be closed from Monday 16th March 2020 until the risks of Coronavirus have passed.
We do not take this decision lightly as we know people still need the clothes and other items you so kindly donate. However it seems only sensible that we socially distance as much as we can in order to slow the spread of infection in our community and protect our health services.
We intend to resume our services in due course, so if you find time during the next while to clear out your wardrobe, please do put suitable items to one side for us.
We wish you well in this difficult period: please take care of yourself and your neighbours.
If you would like to continue to support refugees during this period, we suggest making a one-off or regular payment to Refugee Community Kitchen: https://www.refugeecommunitykitchen.com/donatemoney
These are the items we expect to resume collecting soon:
- men’s clothes: especially smaller sizes, new underwear (preferably jersey boxers), warm and easy dry clothing like fleeces and tracksuit trousers, hoodies, jackets, waterproof trousers, footwear especially trainers sizes 40-43, walking boots, hats, gloves, scarves.
- women’s clothing: especially new underwear, extra small, small & medium sizes, tracksuit bottoms, long sleeved tops, boots and shoes (no heels), bras, maternity wear. We can now accept less modest summer clothing (for Africa). Any evening wear will be sold to raise funds, as we cannot send it. No beach wear thanks!
- teenage boys clothing (ages 12-17 or small men’s): especially new underwear, tracksuit bottoms, jeans, hoodies, trainers (ideally black, 40-43);
- clothes for teenage girls, children and babies, especially new underwear, easy care clothes.
- wind-up or solar torches & lanterns, mobile phones (preferably unlocked smart phones), power banks for phones, 3 mobile network SIMs, Lycra sims, tents, rucksacks, day packs;
- bedding: blankets, sleeping bags, pillow cases and duvet covers, camping mats, foil emergency blankets, hand warmers;
- materials for making reusable sanitary towel packs: sheets, towels, fabric, scissors and needles (safely packed please), sewing thread, velcro, toiletry bags, also wool for knitting and crocheting volunteers;
- cold & flu relief for those on the streets: small packs tissues, nasal spray, cough mixture, throat lozenges, cold relief capsules, vaseline, lip balm, facial moisturiser;
- hygiene: toilet paper, men’s razors, wash bags, men’s deodorant, travel sized items: shower gel, shampoo, conditioner. Baby wipes, nappies (nos 4, 5 & 6), cloth nappies, sanitary towels (no tampons);
- medical: bandages, hand sanitiser, incontinence pads & pants, plasters, zimmer frames, spectacles, wheelchairs, crutches, walking sticks;
- baby carriers, travel cots, pushchairs;
- parcel tape, sticky labels, permanent markers, thick rubber bands;
- please only donate clean dry items in good condition. If you wouldn’t buy it – don’t give it. No stains, damage, missing parts, rips, holes, broken zips, inappropriate slogans, camouflage, etc.;
- we are now accepting both summer and winter clothing.