Crucial winter clothing distributed in Calais as temperatures plummet
‘In recent weeks, temperatures in Calais and Dunkirk have plummeted. Conditions are harsh. Average temperatures stand at around 1 or 2 degrees Celsius for the coming days, and that doesn’t take into account the rain or wind, which makes sleeping rough so much harder.
Every day, without fail, someone asks me for gloves, a scarf or a hat. These items are so small but make such a huge difference, making them some of the most valuable things we can give out. I can’t describe how grateful the guys here are to receive them. As a charity, we plan our distributions carefully to ensure resources are conserved and used when most needed, in a fair and equal way. This means that difficult decisions are made everyday about what we give out and when.
Thankfully, due to some incredible support and donations, today we are able to make up 500 snug packs to distribute in the next week across Northern France and Brussels. These will provide some warmth for 500 refugees in the area throughout the next couple of months. I am so grateful to anyone who has donated, as it means I am able to say ‘yes’ next time someone asks me for gloves.’ – Martha, Care4Calais volunteer