Refugees Church Response: How you can help…

Refugees Church Response

Over the last few days, the reality of the humanitarian disaster that is engulfing the world was brought onto our televisions and mobile devices. Heartbreaking images of children and families including the image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, washed up on the beach along with his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother, Rehan, whom all died in desperate attempt to flee to relatives in Canada.

Refugees fleeing wars in the Middle East and North Africa are daily risking their lives in the attempt to find a safe place for their families to live. Compassion compels us to act, yet we’ve seen so many people feeling helpless and wondering what can actually be done.

It is right that we should want to act, it is right that we should want to stand up and say, something must be done, we wanted to give you a steer towards a few ideas of practical things you can do to help:

  1. Donate Money – we recommend syriachurchresponse.com, set up by Hillsong in partnership with UNICEF.
  2. Donate Stuff – there is a local organisation collecting things to take to the camp in Calais to help families stranded and struggling. Regardless of our politics people need help. See below for what to bring, items can be brought to The Space between now and Saturday 25th September. **DEADLINE EXTENDED**
  3. Pray – lets remember to be consistently praying for these refugees, asking God to be with them and protect them.

Here are some links to other articles with ideas of what you can do:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/04/help-refugees-donations-government-political-action

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/5-practical-ways-you-can-help-refugees-trying-to-find-safety-in-europe-10482902.html

We spoke to local MP Chloe Smith on Friday, she mentioned she us understandably been inundated with letters and she is doing all she can to contribute the views of local people from this area to the government’s deliberations. So by all means sign a petition but let’s DONATE and provide some practical support right now!

 

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