A Buckingham mum is asking people to bring in clothes and bedding to be sent to displaced people in Iraq and Syria by the charity Samara’s Aid.
Samara’s Aid was founded in 2014 by a Brighton mum who was desperately moved by the plight of Iraqui refugees who had lost everything when IS took their towns, cities and villages.
Driven by her Christian faith, she put out an appeal to her son’s school year group for winter clothes and shoes.
In a short space of time, Samara’s Aid has grown into a large humanitarian aid project, which between October 2014 and March 2016 has sent 42 articulated lorries and containers carrying clothes, shoes, bedding, toiletries and essential medical equipment.
Inspired by Samara’s work, Buckingham mother-of-two Sophia Jones will be collecting items for the Samara’s Aid Spring Appeal at The Centre in Verney Close from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturday.
Items needed are summer and mid-season clothes and shoes for adults and children, lightweight bedding and baby items such as Moses baskets and travel cots.
All items must be in excellent condition and washed.
Also needed are nappies, personal hygiene items, wheelchairs, zimmer frames and crutches.
Sophia said: “I don’t know how anyone can’t be touched by what is happening in the world with the refugee situation at the moment.
“I’ve found myself sometimes finding it difficult to carry on with my privileged life and not being able to do something.
“I hope this is just the start of many more collections.”
The lorry leaves in May.
Anyone who is unable to attend tomorrow’s event can email Sophia at firstname.lastname@example.org to make other arrangements.
For more information, see www.samarasaidappeal.org/