Afghan refugees: Hertfordshire’s generosity in welcoming new arrivals to the county
Volunteers in Hertfordshire have been sorting and preparing thousands of items donated by residents to support Afghan families fleeing the Taliban and arriving in the county.
Co-ordinated by the county council in partnership with the British Red Cross and local charities, donations of clothes, toiletries and toys have been collected from across Hertfordshirey and are being sorted and distributed to Afghans currently in temporary accommodation.
So far, more than 150 boxes of goods have been distributed to meet the needs of those already in Herts, with volunteers continuing to sort and pack the huge selection of additional donations at a temporary sorting centre.
Hertfordshire County Council leader Richard Roberts said: “It's incredible to witness the generosity the people of Hertfordshire have shown to those arriving in our county from Afghanistan and we've been overwhelmed with offers of support and donations.
“A significant number of donations of clothes, toiletries and toys have very generously been donated, however as we work to meet the need of those who have arrived in the county, we are asking that no further donations are made at this time.
"Instead, I would encourage anyone wishing to show their support to make a donation to Hertfordshire Community Fund’s appeal.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the British Red Cross, local charities and volunteers who are working with us to ensure the families have all they need and settle well in this next chapter of their lives.”
Up until 12.45pm on Friday (September 3), £25,332 has been donated by 612 supporters. Funds will be distributed to local groups and organisations providing a broad range of assistance and support, from provision of essential items to longer-term employability skills, language skills, family support and community integration.
Information on how to get involved as a volunteer can be found on the Team Herts Volunteering website https://www.thvolunteering.org.uk.