Leek people are being asked to donate spare warm clothes and blankets to keep displaced Syrian families warm this winter.
Trinity URC Church, in Leek, is acting as a collection point for this warmth offensive.
Maureen Wiskin, Chairman of the World Church Group at Trinity, said: “We are happy to support this initiative which fits with our commitment to humanitarian aid and social justice.”
The civil war in Syria has been ongoing since 2011 and is one of the largest humanitarian crises of this century.
The United Nations estimates that nine million Syrians have been forced to leave their homes, six million of whom are still in Syria.
Many, many others are living in besieged towns and cities in constant fear of being caught in up in the fighting and unable to buy food or fuel.
Last winter families had also to bear the harsh winter in inadequate clothing.
News from Syria has been superseded by the many other Middle Eastern events and is in danger of being yesterday’s news .
Elen Rees, one of the co-ordinators of the campaign said: “We are linking up with the Altrincham based charity Syria Relief, which has rented a warehouse in Manchester to collect donations.
“Giving a spare jumper or blanket to someone in Syria is a very simple and practical thing to do, and will maybe, in a very tiny way, combat some of the inhumane actions taking place we have no power to stop.”
All donations of the following would be very welcome: Warm clothing and shoes in good condition for men, women and children and any spare blankets or duvets. Medical and first aid equipment such as bandages and antiseptics – but not drugs – would also be welcomed.
Items should be bagged and ideally labelled and brought to Trinity Church, Russell Street, Leek, at the following times:
• Weekdays: Wednesday 20th and 27th August, and the 3rd September, 9am-2pm. Friday 5th September, 10am-11.30pm
• Evenings: Wednesday, 27th August 7pm-9pm, and Thursday, 4th September 7pm-9pm
• Saturday, 6th September, 9am -12noon
Alternatively, deliver to Whitehouse Farm, Thorncliffe. Please ring to arrange time.
For more information contact 01538 300028, 07411 282370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org