Storage space found for ‘overwhelming’ amount of Afghan refugee donations
A new storage facility has been found for the hundreds of items donated by Shropshire people to help Afghan refugees arriving in the county.
Last month local group Shropshire Supports Refugees appealed for donations and set up 10 drop-off points around the county. Such was the response that within a few days people were asked to hold on to further donations while a suitable place was found to store and sort them.
Now, a storage unit in Shrewsbury has been found and is now in use – and Shropshire Council has also made available two large rooms at Shirehall in Shrewsbury as additional, spillover, storage.
The council is also loaning furniture and other items to Shropshire Supports Refugees to help them in their work to sort, organise and distribute the donations.
Meanwhile, Shropshire Supports Refugees are also looking for volunteers to help get the donations to those who need them.
Amanda Jones from Shropshire Supports Refugees, said:
“Shropshire Supports Refugees has been bowled over by the level of support in the county for people resettling in the UK. Our attitude is always to try to facilitate as many offers of help and support as is possible, as we know first-hand how frustrating it can be to want to help but not know how.
“We have been a bit overwhelmed by the amount of donations, but with enough help from the community and those who donated we are determined that these donations will get to the people they were intended for. As always though there is enough for everyone, so any locals in need can also contact us for support.
“We are very happy to have been able to provide two hotels accommodating Afghan families with three loads of clothes, pushchairs, toiletries and toys, but we need help to make sure these donations get to the people you wanted them to get to, and this takes people power.
“If you can spare some hours – between Monday and Friday between 10am and 4pm for the next few weeks and months – then please get in touch with us.”
Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’ Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and assets, said:
“I’m delighted that Shropshire Supports Refugees have now found a suitable location for storing and sorting the many hundreds of items generously donated by people across the county, and that we’ve been able to provide additional storage space at Shirehall.”
The best was to contact Shropshire Supports Refugees is to send a text to 07960 968006 or visit their Facebook page.
To donate money to help Shropshire Supports Refugees in their work, please click here.