By Ros Longfield
Following on from Michael our vicar’ s letter in the magazine last month, which highlighted the current appeal for Samara’s Aid, I thought readers might like to know a bit more about this charity.
In the autumn of 2014 the news of the disaster unfolding in the Middle East had reached our screens and many, like me, felt helpless in the face of such dreadful horror.
Brighton mother Samara Levy was so moved by the tragedy of the people displaced from their homes and fleeing in the clothes they stood up in that she started to send parcels of good used clothing to a charity in Turkey for distribution in Syria.
The first articulated lorry left the UK in October 2014 for Iraq and to date there have been a further 71 container loads which have ensured clothing for 170,000 internally displaced people.
Each appeal may be slightly different and specific, to ease the special requirements of packing for customs.
The present appeal is for NEW WINTER clothes for babies, boys and girls, which will run until they are delivered in the autumn for next winter . Should you be moved to donate items, please leave the retail tags on and place in the box supplied in the church tower or leave money donations in the church office with Gill.
Thank you so much. More info from the website www.samarasaidappeal.org