Firstly, DRS would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has taken part in this project. The response has been enormous. So many kind people have made up packs at home, collected at their local schools and churches, held packing parties, trawled through charity shops for coats, gloves and hats and spent hours in a freezing cold warehouse sorting clothes into ages and then making more packs up. It’s been incredible.
The aid we’ve collected as part of this project was intended for Lebanon, where many Syrians are currently living as refugees, having escaped the conflict in their home towns. So, it is with a very heavy heart that we have to announce that due to a number of reasons, it’s become almost impossible to get containers into Lebanon, and a nationwide decision has been made to redirect all planned containers to other places.
As a result, and with the help of Muslims in Need, we have taken the decision to send all of the children’s winter clothes packs that we’ve received and made (in excess of 2000!) to Syria. There are many children there in great need, and the winter is harsh, so we can all be sure that the effort we have gone to to make these packs has not been wasted.
It is likely that we will be able to organize a container to send all these incredible packs within the next 2 weeks. There will also be food and some extra clothing and bedding added. This aid is very much needed in Syria.
We will keep everyone posted with the date of the container filling, so everyone has the chance to come and see all that hard work paying off, and help load everything onto the container. Thanks again for all your amazing support and hard work.