Church gifts begin their journey to Syria

October 27 2017

The Samara’s Aid appeal launched by St Alban’s Church in Westbury Park has once again seen a fantastic response by the local community. All the aid goes to help people living in displacement camps in Syria and Iraq.

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The Samara’s Aid appeal launched by St Alban’s Church in Westbury Park has once again seen a fantastic response by the local community. All the aid goes to help people living in displacement camps in Syria and Iraq.

The group are sending 11 Care Packs, 52 boy Smiley Bags, 54 girl Smiley bags, and 85 Dignity bags, along with approximately 237 boxes, 24 bags of bedding and towels. Nappies, sanitary towels and incontinence pads, a good number of crutches from the Nuffield, two wheelchairs (one brand new), and a few zimmer frames too were all packaged and ready to go too. There has been some fantastic hand knitting, including cardigans and jumpers.

Reverend Emma Langley said: “The Smiley bags have really engaged people. They are packed with toys and toiletries for children. We’ve had a lot of Westbury Park School families who’ve taken away a little rucksack and returned it laden up with toys and books.

“It’s probably the single, biggest thing we do that people really want to be involved with. What’s been lovely is the whole variety of people who’ve just pitched in and have come and sorted stuff, cleaned and ironed clothes, and we have loads of people who are turning up to load now.”

The goods have to be transported to the depot in Somerset before a lorry takes the items to Syria. Two companies volunteered their help and their vans for free including local carpenter and handyman Ben Spiller, of Spillers Services and branded clothing suppliers, Mathias and Sons of Avonmouth.

Church administrator Abigail Shepherd said: “We’ve had people helping from this church and Redland church and all over. So by some miracle it’s all ready to go. Thanks for all your help this year. You have been amazing.”