CALAIS – LATEST NEEDS

The Calais warehouse continues to operate every day, getting aid  Together you have helped us build an amazing infrastructure and we hope to continue to support refugees in France and beyond from this hub over the months to come, as long as there is need.

Priority Items: things we are in desperate need of

  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Mens small trousers (Joggers or Jeans ( 28”/30”/32”))
  • Mens shoes size 8
  • Socks
  • Mens underwear (new)
  • Large, thick blankets
  • Small hoodies
  • Men’s/unisex deodorant

Everything Else

Men

  • S, M  waterproof and non-waterproof jackets
  • Trainers especially sizes 41 to 43, and ideally black
  • S, M long-sleeved tops, jumpers and hoodies (The warmer the better)
  • S, M  tracksuit bottoms/Jeans
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Socks (thick and thin)
  • S, M new underwear (not Y-fronts)
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Scarves

Women ( in order of priority)

  • XS, S, M leggings
  • XS, S, M tracksuit bottoms
  • XS, S, M Hoodies
  • XS, S, M Waterproof jackets
  • Socks
  • S, M Knickers
  • S, M, L tunic tops with long sleeves
  • 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.

 

Childrens Items

We are currently oversupplied with children’s clothes and toys, there are other charities,  many closer to home who would really benefit from the donations of these items.

 

Hygiene

  • Toilet paper
  • Men’s razors
  • Shaving foam
  • Deodorant (men’s)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner

Food:

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):

 

Oranges
Smoked Paprika
cucumber
tomato
pepper
onions
garlic
fresh chilli
sea salt

olive oil
turmeric
lemon juice
oats
golden syrup
honey
dried fruit
cayenne pepper

leeks
celery
pasta
apples
aubergines
courgettes
butter
bicarbonate of soda
tomato puree
ketchup
mayonnaise
white vinegar
tahini
black pepper
jam/marmalade
hot chocolate

coffee
bin bags
washing up liquid
plastic gloves
disinfectant spray
potatos
tins of white beans

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
  • Serang wrap
  • Permanent markers
  • Thick rubber bands
  • A4 lever arch folders
  • Polythene pockets (for lever arch files)
  • A4 printer paper
  • White board markers

Miscellaneous:

  • Thick blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Roll mats
  • Whiteboards
  • Backpacks
  • Fire extinguishers
  • 3 sims for phones (£1 each, have to be purchased in the UK)
  • Lyca sims
  • Metal kettles
  • Plastic/metal cups, mugs, plates and cutlery
  • Lights and lanterns
  • Unlocked smart phones/power banks

SORTING GUIDELINES:

Please note that your donations MUST be sorted – if any items are damaged, soiled or inappropriate for the camp, they will create an enormous amount of waste, which delays vital aid reaching the refugees. We cannot accept deliveries that are unsorted, as our volunteers can be snowed under the mountain of unsorted donations. Please try to only bring 3 or 4 types of items in your delivery. However, we understand that this is not always possible, and we still appreciate your help. To efficiently sort your donations, please separate them into type eg blankets separate from clothing. Clothing and shoes will need to be separated (and then packed and accordingly labelled) by gender, size and type. For instance men’s M jumpers separate from the S. Women’s size 39 boots separate from women’s size 40 trainers, waterproof coats, separate from non-waterproof coats.

This saves the incredibly hard-working warehouse volunteers so much time and allows us to get the donations to the refugees considerably more quickly and more efficiently. We are currently sufficiently stocked up for quite some time with women and children’s items, except for the items mentioned in the priority list. If you need more guidelines on how to sort, please email me back and I will be happy to help.

You can also donate to our Calais and Dunkerque page here

If you are interested in supporting our non food item distribution teams with items such as tents, clothing, sleeping bags, kitchenware etc, please donate here

Refugee Community Kitchen provides a warm lunch to the residents of the Dunkirk camp every day. They need funds to buy the ingredients.  You can help them do this here

The Calais Woodyard saw and chop firewood and deliver it to the residents of the Dunkirk camp, to cook and to heat their living spaces. They need funds to buy sawblades and for fuel. To donate to their incredible work, please donate generously here

If you wish to send Emergency Supplies by post, please consider our wishlist at www.leisurefayre.com, where we have secured a generous 20% discount and fast postage with the distributor, who sends them directly to us as soon as possible!

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