The generosity of the public has allowed Market Rasen Churches to collect and despatch 227 boxes (two tons) of good quality winter clothes and bedding to displaced families in Northern Iraq.
“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the response from Churches and from the public” said New Life Pastor, Paul Hiley who coordinated the appeal.
“And so grateful to Pitstop Garage for allowing us to hire a much larger vehicle at the last moment for no extra cost.”
The clothing for men, women and children has been delivered to a Centre in Wellingborough prior to despatch by lorry to Northern Iraq, where two million people have been forced to flee their homes in freezing winter conditions.
The UN estimates that more than half of the displaced people are children sheltering anywhere they can in tents, unfinished buildings, public buildings and churches.
Over £300 has also been given by local people to help transportation costs and a qualified HGV driver gave his services free to drive the box van.
Market Rasen Vicar, Rev Steve Johnson said: “We really want to thank everyone who brought good, warm clothes and bedding into The Salvation Army, various Methodist Churches, New Life in The Festival Hall, St. Thomas’s and Middle Rasen Churches and Holy Rood Catholic Church who allowed their School Room to be used as the main sorting centre. Volunteers worked tirelessly to sort, label and box all items and local supermarkets contributed dozens of banana boxes.”
“It really has been a tremendous community effort”
Father Tom Breslin of Holy Rood said he was delighted to play his part in this United Churches project especially in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.