Tignes is rallying to get aid to the refugees stuck in Calais.
A meeting took place at Salle Zizine (behind the Mairie) last week, to work out how to collect items and take them to Calais. Volunteers are needed to make, sort and pack all the items donated, vans and drivers are needed too.
Tignes town councillor Lucy Miller said: “You’ve all seen the images, now who wants to help?”
A Facebook group has now been set up for the Tignes Calais Collection. The first collection of items for the Calais refugees takes place on Wednesday 16 September at the Tignes Le Lac church. Tignes Aide aux Réfugiés volunteers will be taking in donations of tents, tarpaulins, blankets, men’s warm jackets and shoes (clean and in good condition). If you have anything to donate, take it to the church between 2pm and 5pm.
Alpine Logistics also offered space in their delivery vans for donations, to be dropped off on their route from the Alps to the UK. The have half a van (7 cubic metres) of space for items on their next 2 trips. Vans leave the Alps on 12th September and 20th September. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like them to collect your donations.
After a slightly delayed reaction from world leaders, the public is rallying to help those who’ve fled war and deprivation. After risking their lives and those of their children to get to safety, they face being homeless, living in makeshift camps and walking miles to find sanctuary.
Read about the crisis live on the BBC website.
Here’s a notice from Calais Action about what items are needed, and what not to donate: