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Redbridge Council appeal for donations to support Afghan refugees

Redbridge Town Hall will be open Mondays and Thursdays until further notice for donations. 

Redbridge residents wishing to support refugees from Afghanistan can donate essential items every Monday and Thursday starting today.

The Redbridge Refugee Donation Drop Off Centre has been organised in partnership between the council and local voluntary sector.

It will be located at Redbridge Town Hall and will be staffed by volunteers from Ilford Salvation Army, the centre will be open on Mondays and Thursdays between 10am to 4pm until further notice.

Clothes are not required, they are after the following items in a good condition:

Pushchairs
Baby baths
New baby bottles
Sterilising units
Sterilising tablets
Working suitcases and holdalls
Headscarves
Prayer mats
Qurans

Donations will be collected from the Town Hall by volunteers and taken to a CVS distribution centre in Havering, where they will be sorted and shared with refugee families arriving across north east London.

The leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, said: “Redbridge has a long history of welcoming people from all over the world who have made our borough their home, and I am proud of the desire shown by local residents to help those in need, especially in light of the tragic scenes that we have seen in Afghanistan over the last few months.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners in the voluntary sector who are helping to get the donations to those that need them the most, and to all of those donating essential items.”

Ilford’s Salvation Army leader, Major Phil Howe, added: “The situation in Afghanistan has touched the hearts of many local people. Across the UK, Salvation Army churches and centres are working with local authorities in areas where refugees are temporarily housed to ensure they are supported.

“The Salvation Army in Ilford is proud to be part of a community that puts concern into practical action, always ready to help those who need support, whether local or from afar. Many thanks in advance to all who will support”.

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