Today we gave out more than 300 pairs of new walking boots to refugees in Calais. The pictures here say more than words about the desperate need for them. It’s getting cold, dark and increasingly wet in Northern France, and people are forced to not only sleep rough, but to walk around with permanently wet and cold feet.
Whatever you thjnk about refugees, we can surely all agree that no human being should have to wear flip-flops outside in Northern Europe in December.
I remember the first time I volunteered in Calais, I met an Iranian man whose shoes were falling to pieces. We found him another pair, and when he took them off, his feet were cut and bruised, in a terrible state. Refugees have to walk so far every day, their shoes and feet are critically important; in cold, wet weather it’s incredibly hard to keep them warm and dry, and that can leave them open to infections and diseases. That’s why distributions like today’s mean so much.
I was so proud of how hard our volunteers worked to get the boots ready, and of our supporters for donating the money to buy them. But the fact is we will need to give out hundreds more before the winter is out, and to do that we need your help. You can buy a new pair of boots for a refugee for Christmas at shop.care4calais.org