As our kids kick through autumn leaves and cross their fingers for snow, thousands of refugee children from countries including Syria are stranded in cold weather conditions in Europe, as their families try to seek safety. Winter is coming and their desperate situation will only get worse.
We are a group of mums and local businesses based in south east London, raising funds to get winter coats, warm shoes and boots, and baby carriers and slings to refugee children arriving on the Greek island of Kos. From here, they will need to travel many miles in cold weather and without shelter before hopefully finding safety. It seems like the least we can do, as we wrap our little ones up to play outside, to give these children a warm, dry pair of shoes and a coat to protect in some small way against the hardships ahead. Our kids grow so fast, their old coats and boots are still in great condition, so let's send them to children who really do need to wrap up warm this winter.
We will be sending donated items to Kos Kindness, an established group of volunteers on the island who for years have been helping refugees who arrive there.
DHL have offered to ship our donations to Kos Kindness at cost price, as we are sending aid for refugees. The more we raise, the more pallets of aid we can send. Please give what you can via this site.
Donations of children's winter coats (for ages 0-12 years), warm and sturdy shoes or boots, socks, hats, scarves and gloves plus baby carriers and slings can be brought into 2 local cafes:
The Hoy Kitchen, 193 Creek Road, Greenwich, SE8 3BU. Open Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Deli X, 156 Deptford High Street, SE8 3PQ. Open Monday - Friday 8.00am - 8.0pm, Saturday 9.00am - 6.00pm and Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pm
Additionally, we are holding a drop-off day on Saturday 14th November 2015 from 10.00am - 3.00pm at the Salvation Army Church Hall, Mary Ann Gardens, Deptford, SE8 3DP.
This project is run entirely by volunteers. If you're free to help sort donations on 14th November, even if just for an hour or two, please leave a comment on this project page, or get in touch via our Facebook group.
Sam, Corinna, Claire, Karen and Gemma