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Those nights are drawing in…

by @greensnightout on September 7th, 2015

We’re back from our summer break and some of us have been busy making beautiful things in a variety of locations across the globe (and in William Street – see right). Until we publish our programme for this term we will be meeting as usual in Bert’s Bar from 6-8pm every Monday evening for drop-in crafting, banter and general bonhomie.

Many of us have felt compelled to take action to help the refugees caught in camps across Europe, so we’ll be knitting and crocheting hats, scarves, gloves and scarves to send to Calais and elsewhere. We’ll also be collecting any contributions for Calaid that folks bring along. Here’s a list of what they are looking for:

We are collecting items of all kinds, and contributions towards transportation and distribution where possible, from a drop-off point. With summer swiftly coming to an end and plummeting temperatures fast approaching, many items are more vital than ever. Below are listed just some of the things most needed:
– Men’s clothing and shoes are in short supply, so trainers and boots are vital (not wellington boots), as are warm clothes, waterproofs, underwear and socks. There are roughly 10 times more men than women in the camps and durable shoes and clothing are urgently needed.
– Gloves, scarves, hats and socks for a range of ages and sizes are welcome as is women’s underwear and women’s and children’s winter jackets. There is a surplus of general clothing for women and children for now, but warm layers are needed.
– Tents, sleeping bags, camp beds, sleeping mats, blankets, towels and any extra warm things you can think of.
– Candles, matches, torches and batteries, wind-up torches, head torches or other equipment that can be used for light.
– Basic hygiene products like hand sanitiser, bars of soap, toothpaste, wash cloths, toothbrushes, women’s sanitary products, razors, shaving foam, wet wipes, and other basic toiletry and hygiene supplies.
– Vitamins, medicine and basic first aid supplies like plasters, bandages, antiseptic creams, over-the-counter painkillers, generic antibiotics etc.
– Dry, packaged and tinned food that is easily transportable and won’t quickly expire. Camping stoves, pots, pans and utensils are also welcome.
– Old phones. A lot of people want to be able to contact their families, so old mobiles with chargers are very welcome, especially if the chargers have European plugs or people have spare adaptors.
– Books in varying languages, including French and English dictionaries and educational books.
Also, think about attaching notes, cards or letters to your donations, messages of hope and acceptance, reminders that there are people who care! Think of what many of these people are going through, and what comfort kind words and gestures can bring.

There are also a number of blogs and groups you can join to find out more about crafting for refugees in Turkey, Turkmenistan and other places. Check out the Granny Green’s Facebook page for some links, or come along to Bert’s and join the conversation.

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