Items Wanted

Refugee Donation Drive
Maternal Care Pack Appeal for Refugees

You’ve just given birth in a tent in a foreign country. You can’t go back to your home. You have next to nothing with you.  What would you do? What would you need to be able to survive?

Hope & Aid Direct are now taking a convoy to Idomeni in northern Greece where around 14,000 refugees are in a makeshift camp. They will be given to mothers of babies and women about to give birth by Nurture Project International, which runs mother & baby tents, provides safe infant feeding support and does outreach in the camps.

Can you put a pack together to help a mother and baby in need (see list of items below)? Can you buy some items to donate to help us put more packs together?

Last collection date: Wednesday 4 May

Drop-Off Points

NEWBURY: Vets4Pets, Greenham Rd, Newbury Times: 8.30am – 7pm Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm Sat.

EAST GARSTON: Hillsprings, East Garston, RG17 7HW. Call 01488 648534 first if possible.

For alternative times/days, please call 07894 967164 or check the West Berkshire Action for Refugees Facebook page updates. If you can act as a collection point, please let us know!

Donations Needed

1. For Mother

bottled water
high energy food (dates, high calorie protein bar, RUTF – must be halal)
light scarf, headscarf
Hygiene Kit (in plastic bag):  sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, tissue packet, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb

2. For Baby (please label outside of bag with age and gender of child)

nappies & wipes
sleeper suit
socks
hat
baby blanket & small soft toy

3. For children (1 year+)

shorts, summer trousers, t-shirts and sunhats – all in good, clean condition.

4. General

large handbags, backpacks, baby carriers, push chairs
maternity & breast pads,
light-weight maternity clothes
anything for a mother’s hospital birth bag

Please no formula, mother teas, galactagogues (food/herb that increases production of breast milk) , bottles, pacifiers, medicines, nipple creams, breast pumps, or food for the baby.

Please do not include any money or personal information.

If you would prefer to make a financial donation you can do this here: https://www.gofundme.com/refugeeaidberks

Volunteer Help Needed

We also need volunteers for 3 different things…

1. Act as local collection points or organise local collections, e.g. at schools. We are asking that anyone who does this takes on the task of rejecting inappropriate donations,  sorting what they are given and bringing donations to the store at Vets4Pets, Greenham Road, Newbury.

2. Help sorting and packing at the Vets4Pets store on: Thursday 21st from 12.30-2.30, Friday 22nd from 9.30-11.30, Saturday 23rd from 9 (call 07894 967164 to check end time), Tuesday 26th from 12.30-2.30, Thursday 28th from 12.30-2.30, Friday 29th from 9.30-11.30 and Tuesday 3rd from 12-2.30. A bag packing morning is being organised for Saturday 30th, venue TBC

3. Picking up banana boxes and taking them to Vets4Pets. We use the Fyffes-style ones with the slide-on lids. We have found that Sainsburys generally have them out, so if you shop there, please check every time and pick up as many as you can.

Thank you!

West Berkshire Action for Refugees
facebook/WestBerksRefugees
westberksrefugees@outlook.com

4 Comments
  1. Peggy Collins

    I knitted two outfits with hats for Fish and Chip Babies. Would they be suitable. They are multi coloured

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