Refugees do selfless acts
When distributing services and hoodies at Maximilian park in the centre of Brussels, it was clear people had not received much support in recent days; they were anxious not to miss out on the limited aid we had to offer.
Two of the refugees that have become friends of Care4Calais, Henry and Soleil, volunteered and recruited eight of their friends to help control the queue so that we could safely distribute the items that we did have. They acted as an important bridge through language and their relationships with the other refugees.
They expected nothing from offering to help us with what was a long and cold afternoon in the middle of Brussels. Given the limited stock we had, these people selflessly gave up their time and place in the queue in order to make sure that everyone else in the park could receive something safely. They had no expectation that they would be given priority by helping us.
As it is getting colder, people are having to make the tough decision between receiving aid from us or securing a place in the hostel in Brussels. The local authorities only give us a strict time slot to distribute in, and this coincides with the time people need to register for the hostel.
Given the difficult situation these people are facing, their entirely selfless attitude is striking and motivates us to ensure that we can do everything in our power to continue supporting people like Henry and Soleil.
There is so much that they need – coats, proper shoes, jumpers, gloves and hats. If you can help please do so now at https://goo.gl/jmkx7A