Syria aid collection points receive kind donations
A “steady stream” of people have visited Syria aid collection points in Lincoln today.
Money, nappies, non-prescription medicines like paracetamol, baby milk formula, new clothing and children's school stationery have been handed in at the New Life Church in Newland and at Adecco, in Silver Street.
Adecco is also accepting donations throughout the week.
The British medical and humanitarian relief charity has launched its ‘Big Aid Drop for Syria’ national appeal today, which is asking for donations of supplies that will then be delivered to families inside Syria, who otherwise have little, or no, access to aid.
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Volunteer Khurshid Khatib said: "A lot of the media reports have focussed on the political situation but what's more important is the humanitarian situation with it being a country with a young population.
“There’s lots of children and babies who are bearing the brunt of what’s going on.
“Children are living in caves or arriving in refugee camps alone because their parents have been killed or are missing.
“The situation in Syria has been going on for two-and-a-half years – it’s a long-term problem.”
Greer Gouldsbrough, manager of Adecco, in Lincoln, said: "As a parent you look at the images from Syria on the television and it's heartbreaking.
"You feel you really should be doing something.
"I think a lot of people shy away from charity, not because they don't want to, but because they think it might be hard work.
"But who does not buy shampoo? If you're in the supermarket and it's on buy one, get one free, donate the free one to Syria through us."
Accepted items are nappies, infant formula milk up to 6 months, feminine hygiene products, children's educational material like notebooks and pencils, non-prescription medicines, simple creams, new baby clothes, children's winter boots, winter blankets, medical equipment and money.
For more information visit www.handinhandforsyria.org.uk