Solidarity in Calais
Today I was so proud of our volunteers. They have literally not sat down. Going out to do extra distributions, taking coats, tents and sleeping bags to people who lost possessions in the police action this morning.
Today was a sad day, and senseless. Nothing changed, but more hurt for people who are the most vulnerable in our society.
But still there is hope. The coats and tents we took out were certainly needed, but we came away with an inspiring feeling that the thing that mattered most was solidarity. I saw people with slumped shoulders who smiled and perked up as they walked towards our volunteers. Each and every one shook our hands warmly today. Everyone stopped to talk. After the shock of this morning it simply mattered to them that we were there, that we care, that they have not been forgotten.
If they can smile for us on a day like today it makes everything we do worthwhile. For every time they refuse to give up fighting for a better life, for every time they laugh in the face of life’s trials, we are inspired to be supporting them. Thank you to everyone who helps to make this happen.