A local group organizing donations of warm clothing for Syrian refugees reports that the response from the community has been overwhelming.
Churches, schools and other organizations have other stepped forward to help promote the winter clothing drive for refugees at the SOS Children’s Villages in Macedonia.
Donations of gently worn clothes have poured in and the organizers will be soon hitting the limit for filling a 40 ft shipping container secured with a generous donation from a Whitby School family.
The organizers are shifting gears away from collecting clothing as they move into the next phase, a call for shipping supplies and getting volunteers interested in helping with the sorting and packing of donations.
The group is looking for people to help out during the week of November 9 so they can be ready to load the container arriving November 16. The time slots listed are from 10:00am – 2:00pm daily, however, they don’t expect volunters to stay all four hours.
“If anyone is available for even one or two hours to give a hand, that would be great” said Kirsten MacDonald, one of the organizers behind this initiative.
Donate Shipping Supplies through Nov. 6
Donations of shipping supplies are being accepted until Friday, November 6 at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center (OGRCC, 2nd Floor, 90 Harding Rd, Old Greenwich CT 06870, Monday to Friday 9 AM- 4 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 12 NOON) as follows:
- Moving / wardrobe boxes to pack donations into
- Packing tape and packing tape dispensers (plenty)
- 6 large tarpaulins – for sorting and packing outside in the drive way
- A large industrial scale on loan – for weighing each boxes (requested by the freight forwarder)
Sign up to volunteer to sort & Pack Nov 9-15
Dozens of volunteers are needed to help sort and pack- there are volunteer slots available from November 9 to 15.
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