'Handmade with love' labels - in Arabic

August 24 2017

The church in Westbury Park has registered with Samara’s Aid to organise another clothing appeal for Iraq and Syria. They received a massive response when they put out an appeal in January and were overwhelmed by the generosity of local people.

The church in Westbury Park has registered with Samara’s Aid to organise another clothing appeal for Iraq and Syria. They received a massive response when they put out an appeal in January and were overwhelmed by the generosity of local people.

The aid goes to those living in displacement camps, often in freezing conditions. Warm clothes are a priority as well as coats, snow wear, boots, shoes, baby equipment, sanitary products, blankets, duvets and wheelchairs. Everything sent should be in excellent condition, clean with working zips and buttons, stain free with no holes.

The church is taking donations and has asked local residents to start looking now for clothes and other items to donate. Items need to be taken to the Methodist Church rather than St. Alban’s from September 4 - 29. A donation towards transport costs of between £5-£10 is requested and should be posted through the office door at the Methodist Church. It costs £6,500 to send each lorry to the Middle East.

One way of supporting the appeal is to put together a personalised care pack of new items for an expectant mother, a baby or a family. The care packs will be sent to displaced people, refugees and people in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria and Iraq. Information about what to put in the care packs and how to pack the items in banana boxes can be found on the Samara's Aid website. 

Handknitted items are always popular. The website recommends that people make clothing items or blankets that people here would use or give as gifts and which are universal. Strong colours are recommended over pastels and whites as it is difficult for many displaced people to wash their clothes.

To add an even more personal touch, some knitters have been attaching beautiful labels in Arabic which say "handmade for you with love".  These can be downloaded and printed at http://www.samarasaidappeal.org/s/Arabic-labels.pdf and they work specially well when stuck on pretty paper and laminated.

The church is planning packing sessions once or twice a week to keep on top of the packing, rather than leaving it all to the end. Contact the Church Office if you would like to help with the packing so that a rota can be drawn up. 

For more information contact Abigail Shepherd on 0117 973 1562 or email office@westburyparkchurch.org .