THE BROMSGROVE Welcomes Refugees Committee (BWRC) is urging residents to bring donations to its public meeting at the Council House, Parkside, at 8pm on Wednesday (February 17) so they can be delivered to those living in the camps in Calais and Dunkirk.
BWRC is appealing to attendees to bring one box each of food or clothing.
Worcestershire charity, People in Motion (PiM), will deliver the supplies to the French camps. Its founder, Elaine Lawson will also be at the meeting to present a talk with Standard reporter Anu Shukla who recently visited the Dunkirk camp and wrote a feature on her experiences. That is available to read at www.bromsgrovestandard.co.uk
Elaine said the most required items included blankets, sleeping bags, tents, camp beds, warm clothing (no wool), waterproofs, shoes of all sizes, socks and underwear (new only), coats, hats, gloves and scarves.
Also welcome are gas cookers and bottles, wood burners, fire wood, fire extinguishers, water carriers, cooking pots, utensils, cups, mugs, plates, bowls, cutlery, wind-up torches, lanterns, unlocked mobile phones/chargers, rucksacks, bin bags, tin openers, hot water bottles and umbrellas.
Required food donations are easy-cook rice, plain flour, vegetable stock cubes, strong spices, tomato purée, sugar, dried dates, apricots, rice pudding, teabags, green tea, coffee and long-life milk.
The charity is also appealing for tinned food like lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, green beans, carrots, peas, tomatoes, sardines and tuna.
PiM advise not to send food which will perish quickly. Pasta, couscous, dried foods and pork are not needed.
Elaine has asked donors to pack same-sized items and tape shoes together before placing in a bag labelled with the (European) size. It also advises to clearly label at least three sides of a box so items can be easily identified at the PiM warehouse and by those receiving aid.
It said boxes (60x40x32.5 or 90x60x48) ar preferred to plastic bags because they are sturdier and can be recycled.