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Calais Needs: Items needed as of Monday 25th July

This week’s list of items needed in Calais by our amazing volunteers, updated Monday 25th July 2016.

If you wish to donate goods, please email Isabel on calaisdonations@gmail.com at least one week before you plan to set off. This will help Isabel and our other warehouse volunteers to organise the warehouse and plan for the distribution of goods.

Email Isabel to find out more about donation dates. Thank you for your time and support.


We urgently need tents and men’s jackets in sizes small and medium. We also urgently require roll mats/camping mats and big, thick blankets – our warehouse is out of the mats and we need more to distribute as soon as possible. Thank you!

 

Clothing:

We are currently oversupplied with children’s clothes and toys, however are experiencing a shortfall of teenage boys (13-17 years old – see below). If you are able to donate those, that would be wonderful!

 

Men:

  • Trainers especially sizes 41 to 43, and ideally black
  • S, M long-sleeved tops, jumpers and hoodies
  • S, M short-sleeved t-shirts
  • S, M  tracksuit bottoms
  • Waterproof trousers
  • S, M new underwear (not Y-fronts)
  • Gloves

 

Women:

  • XS, S, M leggings
  • XS, S, M tracksuit bottoms
  • S, M, L tunic tops with long sleeves
  • S, M Knickers
  • Boots/shoes up to size 39.  No heels!
  • Smaller cup size bras (up to 36C)

 

Youth (boys):

  • Tracksuit bottoms – for ages 12-17
  • Jeans – for ages 12-17
  • Underwear – for ages 12-17 or men’s size small
  • Hoodies – sizes small and medium
  • Trainers (ideally black) – 40, 41, 42, 43

 

Mobile Distribution (list of categories – click here for exhaustive list):

  • Bedding
  • Kitchen items
  • Mobile phones
  • Cleaning/clothes washing items
  • Lights
  • Padlocks (with both keys and combinations)
  • Most requested items:
  • Metal kettles
  • Plastic/metal cups and mugs
  • Lights and lanterns – click here to view on Leisure Fayre site
  • Unlocked smart phones/power banks
  • Camp beds/single mattresses

 

Hygiene:

  • Toilet paper
  • Men’s razors
  • Deodorant (men’s)
  • Shower gel and shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Baby wipes
  • Nappies (only numbers 4, 5 and 6)
  • Wash bags

 

Food: we are running very low on food supplies. Material food donations are much more sustainable and logistically easier to arrange, so if you have funds available and are planning a delivery to the Auberge/ Help Refugees warehouse, the most needed items (most urgent at top)

  • Fresh fruit and veg (including salad and fresh herbs)
  • 1l UHT milk
  • 1kg sugar
  • Onions and garlic
  • Red lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • 1l oil
  • 1l olive oil
  • 1kg rice
  • Tinned fish (tuna, sardines, mackerel)
  • Biscuit packets
  • Tinned goods (tomatoes, chickpeas, kidney beans)
  • Tea and coffee
  • 750g salt
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Tinned fruit and veg
  • Vegetable stock cubes

Please bring ring pull tops and make sure everything is in date!

 

Warehouse and Office Needs:

  • Large rubble sacks and 80L
  • 130L, 110L, 80L strong bags
  • Orange tape
  • Brown parcel tape
  • Industrial saran wrap/cling film – for wrapping boxes
  • Permanent markers
  • Thick rubber bands
  • A4 lever arch folders
  • Polythene pockets (for lever arch files)
  • A4 printer paper

Miscellaneous:

  • Thick blankets
  • Rolling suitcases
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Bike locks and repair kits
  • Fire wood
  • 3 sims for phones (£1 each, have to be purchased in the UK)
  • Lycra sims

Please only bring items from this list. We cannot currently accept any other items.

Our Calais warehouse is now supporting both the Calais and Dunkerque camps; receiving, sorting and delivering all aid required in the two camps every day. More than ever we need large volumes of very specific items. Help us to service the needs of the people in the camps to the best of our ability by studying the information on this page carefully before you plan your trip. We rely on a large volunteer workforce to supply the camps with the items they desperately need and we are currently very low on volunteers. We simply do not have the people power to sort through the items we don’t require, which are taking up an inordinate amount of space in our busy warehouse. 

HOW TO ORGANISE GOODS

Try to concentrate on one or two items as a large amount of one item is much quicker and easier to distribute than a mixed load of many items.

It is very important that goods are clean, pre-sorted and clearly labelled e.g. a box of walking boots size 44, a bag of men’s jeans size 32, or pre-packaged food parcels.

If you want to be a real star then the best box sizes are 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48

HOW TO DONATE

To deliver aid to the warehouse and/or to arrange distribution in the camp with the support of experienced volunteers, please complete this form

If you have any questions, please email calaisdonations@gmail.com


CLICK AND DONATE FOR DELIVERY STRAIGHT TO CALAIS

The wonderful people at Leisure Fayre have made it super easy to get these urgently needed items directly to Calais. Calais urgently needs sleeping bags and blankets.

Go to LesiureFayre, click on the Help Refugees logo to get to our specially selected list of most needed items and make your selection. To get 20% discount and free delivery to Calais, use the login and password provided on the checkout page.

Many thanks to Leisure Fayre for being so kind!

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Coverage of Calais census in the Independent

The Independent covered our latest Calais census, underlining the threat eviction poses to children and unaccompanied minors. Please click through to read more

Refugee crisis: Fears of children vanishing from Calais Jungle as numbers at camp hit record high

Help Refugees co-founder, Josie Naughton, told The Independent: “During the last eviction 129 unaccompanied minors were unaccounted for. In the absence of any official system of registration it’s impossible to create robust systems of protection.

“In moments of chaos, like that of an eviction, children go missing and no one has any system to identify where they have gone.”

She said it was possible the children would be found safe, but “equally they could have fallen into the hands of traffickers or worse”.

Please click here to read the rest of this article.


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!

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Response to this week’s Calais camp raids

In the “Jungle” camp in Calais, just like in slums all over the world, businesses have emerged to respond to a need. Most of us would consider easy access to shops to purchase everyday essentials as an absolute necessity – something we take for granted. Camp residents in Calais have created a micro-economy to allow themselves to have some degree of normality in incredibly difficult circumstances and amidst grossly sub-standard living conditions.

The nearest shop is over a mile from the camp. No one has a car and very few people have bicycles. Leaving camp at any time can be incredibly dangerous, refugees run the very real risk of being subject to fascist attacks as soon as they leave camp and, with incidents of police brutality reported regularly, it is quite clear to see the purpose served by small businesses within the “Jungle” itself. Many camp residents are vulnerable – women, young children, unaccompanied minors, injured and the elderly – and these groups are especially at risk outside of the confines of the unofficial camp.

Restaurants offer somewhere warm and dry when the weather is bad and temperature drops below freezing, somewhere to drink a cup of hot sweet tea when you have run out of firewood or milk, somewhere to charge a phone to speak to a family member thousands of miles away, somewhere to find a sense of community and psychological support in the most hopeless, desolate place, away from the rodents in the camp and the hatred outside of it.

Many establishments provide free food for vulnerable people. The Jungle Books Kids restaurant served a free, nutritious hot meal to 200 accompanied minors (aged 8-18) every day, for example. It has been shut down since Monday. The knock-on effect this has on the most vulnerable community in the camp is evident. Establishments also provide a little money for those who work for them, who might otherwise have nothing, having spent everything they had escaping conflict and making the perilous journey across the world in search of safety and refuge.

We were disappointed to hear that when the 60 CRS (riot police) officers entered the camp and raided the small shops and restaurants this week they took a number of bags belonging to those who were inside, containing passports, immigration papers and other important documents. So far four individuals have reported that when they visited the police station to reclaim these items later, as they had been instructed to do, officers at the station claimed no knowledge of them. Having no documentation or proof of identity whatsoever renders the life of these refugees still more difficult and could lead to complications in asylum procedures. In the photo accompanying this post you can see a CRS officer taking time-out for a selfie in the camp in between raids.

Over the past 11 months spent working in the Calais camp we have no recorded incidents where a refugee, donor, volunteer, employee or visitor has reported an illness or any other negative experience resulting from sub-standard sanitation or hygiene in the restaurants or shops. On the contrary, these establishments are highly regarded, trusted and viewed as vital community spaces by camp residents and visitors alike.

To donate to support our work in Calais please click here https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/start.html?charity=127188

photo credit long term volunteer Geoff Moyter


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!

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Working with Liberty to protect refugee children – help us!

Help Refugees are proud to be partnering with Liberty on a new incredibly important initiate. We aim to encourage local councils to sign-up to our statement supporting the Dubs scheme and urging central Government to invest in essential regional infrastructure to meet the needs of unaccompanied refugee children arriving in the UK.

Together we will work tirelessly to ensure the unaccompanied children that fall under the Dubs amendment are brought to safety. This campaign is a key part of the work that needs to be done in order to enable the process of relocation to start happening. We urge the government to act with urgency to deliver on their promise to protect refugee children.

Please click through to read more and to take action.

The featured image shows a fire during the Calais camp clearance in March that the police would not let volunteers put out.


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!

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New Calais census released – 761 children in Calais ‘Jungle’, 80% on their own

Data collected by our teams on the ground reveals that at the time of census-taking there were 7,037 people living in the camp in Calais, a 15% increase in population since last month. To see an increase this great during the Holy Month of Ramadan was unexpected and if people continue to arrive in Calais at this rate, we estimate that there will be 10,000 people temporarily residing there by September.

There are 761 children living in the “Jungle” and of these 608 are unaccompanied. The youngest of these unaccompanied minors is just 8 years old and the youngest child is 4 months old.

The government-run facilities are at capacity with 1500 people living in the containers and 230 in the Jules Ferry Centre, the latter only accommodating women and their children.

There are 5307 people living in unofficial “Jungle” camp (outside of the two government facilities), 425 of these are unaccompanied minors. This is the group who would be affected by an eviction, were it to take place. Both the mayor and representatives from the police force last week spoke of an imminent eviction however there has been no official confirmation of when this will take place. It could still be a number of months before we see any bulldozers.

Help Refugees, working alongside partners L’auberge des migrants international urges anyone considering volunteering, giving financial or physical donations to do so. The consistent distribution of goods, food, bedding and shelter in the camp for residents new and old relies upon your generosity. No one wants to be in the camp in Calais. It is not a permanent solution nor a pleasant place to live. We try to make it a little more comfortable and ensure that the basics are provided as far as possible but we need your ongoing support to do so.

Email volunteerincalais@gmail.com to volunteer
Email calaisdonations@gmail.com to donate

Click here to make a monthly or one-off donation :https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/start.html?charity=127188

July Census (3) July Census (2) July Census (1)

 


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!

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Update from Refugee Youth Service – offering stability and opportunity to vulnerable youths

One of the organisations we support in the Calais refugee camp is The Refugee Youth Service (formerly Baloo’s). The Youth Service provides a safe place for boys aged 12 – 18 to relax, play and learn while they live in the camp. The team sent this update about their plans in the aftermath of the demolition including branching out to Dunkirk.

Good news from the Refugee Youth Service. The new youth-only space within the Calais camp, run in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières has now been up and running for a week. The space incorporates the child protection services already provided by Refugee Youth Service with MSF’s vital legal and psychosocial services.

On the Saturday prior opening, an Eid BBQ was held to celebrate the closing of Ramadan. The young people enjoyed music, games and plenty of dancing. There were lots of new faces at the party, demonstrating just how essential this move was to enable some of the most vulnerable residents of the community to access their services.

RYS has also launched its new education program, which has been a resounding success. A fully dedicated classroom is now open between 12pm and 7pm daily, with specialist teachers running a timetable of Maths, English and French lessons. The classroom is also open in between these classes, when young people can come for one-to-one tutoring. This is particularly popular with those less confident students. One aim of these private sessions is to build up this confidence so that eventually they are able to join the group classes.

Help Refugees has supported the fantastic endeavours of the team at Refugee Youth Service since the very beginning. We are delighted that the new location and set-up will enable them to reach many more young people and have more frequent contact with those already known to them.

RYS are providing consistent support, in a secure environment with access to education, physical aid, medical and psychological care, adapted to the needs of the young people living in the camp, the vast majority of whom are unaccompanied. To support their brilliant work by donating please click here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/refugeeyouthservice


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!

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Calais camp – we need volunteers!

Our team in Calais are currently in need of medium and long-term volunteers to support with a number of absolutely critical roles within our operations.

Are you available to volunteer for three weeks or more?
– If you have a keen eye for detail and are a strong communicator you might be the perfect Sort Coordinator
– If you are very systems-oriented and super-organised you might be a great Hygiene Supervisor (the hygiene section of the warehouse, that is!)

Are you available for two weeks or more?
– If you are a flexible, patient, people person you could join our Mobile Distribution Team, the door to door distribution service
– If you have an eye for fashion and are handy with a needle and thread you could help us sort and upcycle clothes not appropriate for camp

Are you available for 1 week or more?
– If you always stay calm and friendly under pressure and ideally have a driving license you might make a good Distribution Team member or Supervisor.

Do you have experience in building / carpentry or are you a tree surgeon? If so we need you for whatever duration you can help us for!

For a description of any or all of these positions, or for general volunteering enquiries please email volunteerincalais@gmail.com

To support our work in Calais and beyond please click here.

Please share with your networks. Fantastic opportunities for those wanting to build a career in humanitarian aid, uni leavers, people taking a career break, teachers and everyone in between!


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!

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Calais Needs: Items needed as of Monday 18th July

This week’s list of items needed in Calais by our amazing volunteers, updated Monday 18th July 2016.

If you wish to donate goods, please email Isabel on calaisdonations@gmail.com at least one week before you plan to set off. This will help Isabel and our other warehouse volunteers to organise the warehouse and plan for the distribution of goods.

Email Isabel to find out more about donation dates. Thank you for your time and support.


We urgently need tents and men’s jackets in sizes small and medium. We also urgently require roll mats/camping mats and big, thick blankets – our warehouse is out of the mats and we need more to distribute as soon as possible. Thank you!

 

Clothing:

We are currently oversupplied with children’s clothes and toys, however are experiencing a shortfall of teenage boys (13-17 years old – see below). If you are able to donate those, that would be wonderful!

 

Men:

  • Trainers especially sizes 41 to 43, and ideally black
  • S, M long-sleeved tops, jumpers and hoodies
  • S, M short-sleeved t-shirts
  • S, M  tracksuit bottoms
  • Waterproof trousers
  • S, M new underwear (not Y-fronts)
  • Gloves

 

Women:

  • XS, S, M leggings
  • XS, S, M tracksuit bottoms
  • S, M, L tunic tops with long sleeves
  • S, M Knickers
  • Boots/shoes up to size 39.  No heels!
  • Smaller cup size bras (up to 36C)

 

Youth (boys):

  • Tracksuit bottoms – for ages 12-17
  • Jeans – for ages 12-17
  • Underwear – for ages 12-17 or men’s size small
  • Hoodies – sizes small and medium
  • Trainers (ideally black) – 40, 41, 42, 43

 

Mobile Distribution (list of categories – click here for exhaustive list):

  • Bedding
  • Kitchen items
  • Mobile phones
  • Cleaning/clothes washing items
  • Lights
  • Padlocks (with both keys and combinations)
  • Most requested items:
  • Metal kettles
  • Plastic/metal cups and mugs
  • Lights and lanterns – click here to view on Leisure Fayre site
  • Unlocked smart phones/power banks
  • Camp beds/single mattresses

 

Hygiene:

  • Toilet paper
  • Men’s razors
  • Deodorant (men’s)
  • Shower gel and shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Baby wipes
  • Nappies (only numbers 4, 5 and 6)
  • Wash bags

 

Food: we are running very low on food supplies. Material food donations are much more sustainable and logistically easier to arrange, so if you have funds available and are planning a delivery to the Auberge/ Help Refugees warehouse, the most needed items (most urgent at top)

  • Fresh fruit and veg (including salad and fresh herbs)
  • 1l UHT milk
  • 1kg sugar
  • Onions and garlic
  • Red lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • 1l oil
  • 1l olive oil
  • 1kg rice
  • Tinned fish (tuna, sardines, mackerel)
  • Biscuit packets
  • Tinned goods (tomatoes, chickpeas, kidney beans)
  • Tea and coffee
  • 750g salt
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Tinned fruit and veg
  • Vegetable stock cubes

Please bring ring pull tops and make sure everything is in date!

 

Warehouse and Office Needs:

  • Large rubble sacks and 80L
  • 130L, 110L, 80L strong bags
  • Orange tape
  • Brown parcel tape
  • Industrial saran wrap/cling film – for wrapping boxes
  • Permanent markers
  • Thick rubber bands
  • A4 lever arch folders
  • Polythene pockets (for lever arch files)
  • A4 printer paper

Miscellaneous:

  • Thick blankets
  • Rolling suitcases
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Bike locks and repair kits
  • Fire wood
  • 3 sims for phones (£1 each, have to be purchased in the UK)
  • Lycra sims

Please only bring items from this list. We cannot currently accept any other items.

Our Calais warehouse is now supporting both the Calais and Dunkerque camps; receiving, sorting and delivering all aid required in the two camps every day. More than ever we need large volumes of very specific items. Help us to service the needs of the people in the camps to the best of our ability by studying the information on this page carefully before you plan your trip. We rely on a large volunteer workforce to supply the camps with the items they desperately need and we are currently very low on volunteers. We simply do not have the people power to sort through the items we don’t require, which are taking up an inordinate amount of space in our busy warehouse. 

HOW TO ORGANISE GOODS

Try to concentrate on one or two items as a large amount of one item is much quicker and easier to distribute than a mixed load of many items.

It is very important that goods are clean, pre-sorted and clearly labelled e.g. a box of walking boots size 44, a bag of men’s jeans size 32, or pre-packaged food parcels.

If you want to be a real star then the best box sizes are 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48

HOW TO DONATE

To deliver aid to the warehouse and/or to arrange distribution in the camp with the support of experienced volunteers, please complete this form

If you have any questions, please email calaisdonations@gmail.com


CLICK AND DONATE FOR DELIVERY STRAIGHT TO CALAIS

The wonderful people at Leisure Fayre have made it super easy to get these urgently needed items directly to Calais. Calais urgently needs sleeping bags and blankets.

Go to LesiureFayre, click on the Help Refugees logo to get to our specially selected list of most needed items and make your selection. To get 20% discount and free delivery to Calais, use the login and password provided on the checkout page.

Many thanks to Leisure Fayre for being so kind!

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Urgent repatriation appeal – please help us return this young woman’s body to her family

Three nights ago, a 19 year old Eritrean young woman called Samrawit was killed on the motorway in Calais in a hit and run incident as she was trying to reach her brother in London. The volunteers who knew her at the ‘unofficial’ Women’s and Children’s centre the Jungle Calais described her as ‘a sweet gentle girl’ and we are all mourning her passing.

Our volunteers have been liaising closely with the Eritrean community, her family and Medicins du Monde in order to provide as much support as possible and to allow her body to be repatriated.

For that to happen, and in order for her grieving family to be with her one last time, €6000 is urgently needed. Please click here to help: https://www.youcaring.com/samrawit-s-family-601759

Let us mark Samrawit’s tragic and unnecessary death by showing generosity and allowing her family to mourn.

Alternatively email annie@helprefugees.org for bank transfer details.

Thank you!


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!

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Refugee Info Bus – empowering refugees in Calais

We are very proud to support the work of the Refugee Info Bus in Calais and want to share this empowering project with you –


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!

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