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Donations sought as Afghans arrive in Scotland

 

Many have arrived with nothing

Glasgow charity Refuweegee is calling for donations as Afghan refuges have started arriving in the city.

It is asking for welcome packs, which should include a bag, toiletries, non-perishable food, and warm clothing.

They are also looking for donations of Children’s Packs with age-appropriate toys and books, school stationery, a toothbrush, a hat, scarf and gloves.

Refuweegee founder Selina Hales (pictured) said: “Welcome packs are a way for the existing community to pass on a gesture of kindness to people that have just arrived in Scotland.

“They vary, each pack is bespoke and tailored for the individual that will be receiving them. We need them for teenagers, children and adults.”

To help the new arrivals feel welcome in Glasgow, they also recommend that those donating include a letter saying hello alongside a token of Scotland.

Hales said: “The words of support make the biggest difference to how welcome someone feels”.

Non-essential items, such as books, board games and puzzles, have also been requested.

Refuweegee delivers more than 150 welcome and essentials packs every week.

Donations can be dropped off at Refuweegee’s premises at 1 Cadogan Square.

Requested items can also be donated remotely, via Refuweegee’s wishlist on Amazon or their gift registry on Common Good.

The UK government has agreed to resettle 20,000 Afghan refugees over the next five years, with 5,000 to be welcomed this year.

 

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