The moments of happiness that your generosity affords us
We were in Calais giving sleeping bags to refugees after an eviction.
It had been a difficult couple of days for them. Their lives are never certain – and then they get these sudden violent attacks from the police and they are left with nothing. No tents, no sleeping bags. Nothing.
People were coming up to us one by one, and their mood was low.
As I handed a sleeping bag over to one man, I was surprised he grinned at me. He pointed at the blue sleeping bag and then his blue jacket, explaining it was his favourite colour. We just stood and grinned at each other, sharing his good luck, before he tucked it under his arm and walked away.
I know it didn’t solve all his problems, but I hope it made him feel like good things happen sometimes.
If it wasn’t for the generosity of ordinary people back home we wouldn’t have sleeping bags to give out and he wouldn’t have seen that tiny bit of hope.
We can only do this thanks to your donations, and currently we desperately need tents, sleeping bags or the money to buy them.
Just £7 buys a sleeping bag, and £12 buys a two-person tent.