We could learn so much from refugees
Last Saturday night I was out getting pizza with my friend before taking her to the ferry port when I received a message from a refugee that I met on a distribution.
He said when we were next in Dunkirk could we please bring a tent – he had not had one for a few days and it was wet and cold.
I replied I will try to get there in a couple of days etc… then I looked at my friend and said ‘we have 2 hours until the ferry… I can make it to the warehouse for supplies, Dunkirk and back in time’ – knowing she feels exactly the same as me it was like she had read my mind! We paid and left immediately.
So we had a quick trip to the warehouse, a tent, sleeping bag, some small ring pull food items and a back pack and we set off.
When we arrived it was around 10pm, it was cold, wet and dark 😞. M was waiting and so happy!! I was so relieved we had made the trip because he was wearing a BLACK BIN LINER for warmth and protection! That was it!!
He kept apologising for me travelling at night, that a tent would be fine, that food was great but although he was hungry he did not want to put us out. M is a lovely man. He is kind and patient and so caring.
We learnt the next day that a lot of families arrived in the wind and rain – M gave a family his tent!
Thanks to the flexibility of Care4Calais we were able to send more family tents, sleeping bags, blankets and items for children (food and clothing) to help meet this immediate need.
If people took the time to look and listen they would learn so much from those with so little.
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