A NEW collection hub for donations to Ukraine opens on Thursday (March 17) at Bromsgrove Baptist Church.
The church – on the corner of New Road and Ednall Lane – is registered with a national charity for donations in support of those seeking refuge.
Barnabus Fund works with churches in countries neighbouring Ukraine to provide essential aid supplies, seeking to support people and groups, regardless of their faith or cultural background.
Rev Paul Lewis, Minister of Bromsgrove Baptist Church, said: “The advantage of working with an organisation like Barnabus is that it is directly involved with the distribution of humanitarian aid right where it’s needed.
“That enables it to be able to respond very quickly as needs change, and so we will always know exactly what items are need at any given time.
“That avoids those who are helping the Ukrainian refugees to only receive the items that are most needed, rather than being inundated with things that are not required for now”.
Collections at the church will take place from 10am to 2pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm tomorrow (Thursay), between 2pm and 4pm on Friday, March 18, and between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, March 19.
Among the items needed are warm blankets, warm winter clothing and food – specifically metal ring pull cans, energy bars and cup-a-soup packets.
People are asked to only donate those items at the moment and updates will be given if and when others are needed.
It will be a huge help if items can we be wrapped or boxed, with blankets, clothing and food items in separate packages, clearly labelled with details about the contents.
Paul added: “We are delighted to be able to reach out with compassion to those in such great needed at this time.”
Future collection dates and a list of items needed will posted on social media and on the church website: bromsgrove-baptists.org.uk/collecting-for-ukraine/
Call the church on 01527 877190 for more.