Afghan families arrive in area “with just clothes on their backs”
Afghan refugees began arriving in Staffordshire last week after the Taliban took control of their home country.
The Hearts & Hands community project, which supports local charity Imani’s Incredible Eats, said it was overwhelmed after receiving a large number of donations for an appeal, including teddy bears, stationery and children’s clothing.
They have partnered with Silkmore Community Support Group and Hidden Warriors CIC to respond to the crisis and help displaced families arriving in the county.
Hearts & Hands spokesperson and coordinator Lorraine Conkey said: “The generosity of the locals is truly amazing, and in less than 24 hours our rooms were filling up with so many items that the local storage company Sure Store offered to step in and help. too much.
“We have all seen on television the shocking situation after the announcement of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“They will arrive here with the clothes on their backs and nothing more.”
On Wednesday and Friday, Hearts & Hands opens its site at New Beacon Group Enterprise Park on Weston Road, Stafford, for further donations.
The doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days. They ask for donations of used or new clean clothes, toiletries, personal care products, cans and dry food.
People are encouraged to label bagged garments with size and gender details.
Staffordshire County Council and local authorities in the Black Country have agreed to support Afghan refugees arriving in the UK.
It is estimated that 10,000 Afghans are expected to arrive in the UK this year.