Another successful Ramadan distribution in Croydon
There were lots of happy faces at our distribution in Croydon last week, as the brilliant volunteers gave out hot fresh meals for Ramadan – kindly donated by a local restaurant (via the wonderful Muslim Cultural Welfare Association of Sutton MCWAS). We had enough food that we were able to share with the lovely hotel staff, who always make us feel welcome.
We also distributed baby care items, phones and SIM cards, clothes, toiletries, and children’s toys and books. As always, we brought friendly smiles, listening ears and advice for all those who needed it.
We helped S, a prospective nursing student, source a laptop for his studies, and had some enthusiastic residents join us in distributing over 40 pairs of brand new trainers. We even managed to get hold of some football boots for A, a sporty ex-Napier resident who relocated to Croydon recently, and some boxing gloves for M, a martial arts expert from Libya.
It was great to meet again with our lovely friends from all over the world. They have travelled over land and sea, and faced all sorts of dangers to seek safety in the UK. Supporting lots of families has meant that our team have been able to watch the children grow. Seeing the babies is always a treat – especially once they get to know us and recognise us, even with masks on!
All those we work with are so strong, resourceful and amazing. We hope they get to stay here and are allowed to contribute to our society. We know that they have so much to offer. Whatever happens, we will be there for them every week, whatever the weather, to always welcome them and never judge them.
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