107 Cowgate in conjunction with the James Connolly Society are holding a refugee crisis appeal. 107 Cowgate is based in Edinburgh’s Old Town, the part of the city known as Little Ireland in acknowledgement of the influx of Irish refugees and immigrants to the area historically. The JCS was founded by members of that community. 107 Cowgate and the James Connolly Society welcome refugees to Edinburgh.
For several weeks activists from both the JCS and 107 Cowgate have been volunteering in various local projects. We have now been asked to pull that effort together with this appeal. We offer this small contribution in the spirit of solidarity.
Below is a list of accepted donations. If something is not on the list there is a good reason for that. This list was given to us today.
– Men’s practical clothing, including warm jackets, waterproofs, trousers, belts, socks and underwear. In particular smaller sizes are more commonly required for all, so size small – medium is most useful, and bear in mind that winter is fast approaching. Please also remember that the European camps are populated largely by men, so men’s clothing and shoe’s are in much higher demand. We are collecting some women’s and children’s practical, warm clothing too, but priority is men’s.
– Men’s, women’s and children’s practical shoes (trainers and walking boots, not flip-flops, town shoes or dress shoes). Again, men’s shoes are in far greater demand.
– Gloves, scarves and hats.
– Backpacks and travel bags (suitcases are less appropriate but still useful).
– Tents, tarpaulins, sleeping bags, camp beds, sleeping mats, blankets and towels (please ensure that all are in a clean and usable condition)
– Candles, matches, torches and batteries, wind-up torches, head torches or other equipment that can be used for light.
– Basic toiletries such as hand sanitiser, soap, toothpaste, wash cloths, toothbrushes, tissues, razors and shaving foam.
– Vitamins, medicine and basic first aid supplies like plasters, bandages, antiseptic creams and over-the-counter painkillers.
– Dry, packaged and tinned food that is easily transportable and won’t quickly expire. Pulses and grains such as lentils and rice are much appreciated, and products that do not contain gelatine or pork are important.
– Camping stoves, pots, pans and utensils.
– Smart phones with sim cards, and European adaptors.
– Books in varying languages, including dictionaries and educational books.
If you can donate any of the above please get in touch now.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Alternatively contact us via social media.
We would also ask for assistance with packaging, collecting and dropping off the donations.
If you can help in anyway please get in touch.
We have arranged for all materials collected to be donated to a not-for-profit international aid project dealing directly with refugees both in Europe and here in Edinburgh.
Time is of the essence, so do not delay. Donate today!