Giving bags of support to Syrian refugees

Sarahlyn Wilson from Peter's Law, Chris Gregg programme director, MKFM, and presenter Vicki McCarthy. Picture by Donal Hogan. PNL-150921-163208001
Sarahlyn Wilson from Peter's Law, Chris Gregg programme director, MKFM, and presenter Vicki McCarthy. Picture by Donal Hogan. PNL-150921-163208001

A radio station wants listeners to give bags of support to Syrian refugees by helping to feed and clothe them.

MKFM has offered up its brand new studios as a drop-off point for packed bags filled with supplies, which will be delivered where they are needed most.

To get involved all you have to do is fill a rucksack, holdall, tote bag or small suitcase with items like clothes, toiletries, bottled water and tinned foods.

The brains behind the Bags of Support project is Sarahlyn Wilson, from Peter’s Law, who got presenter Vicki McCarthy on board to bring the appeal to life - and they have already been inundated with donations.

Vicki said: “Like many, I have been watching the news and reading the papers and getting very upset by the images and stories regarding the refugees.

“I was of course especially moved by the children getting caught up in all it and those sadly losing their lives.

“So when Saralyn contacted me, this seemed like the perfect way to help.”

The team at Peter’s Law will be arranging to deliver the bags to where they are needed as quickly as possible.

You can help on your own or ask your workplace, school, community group or place of worship like to help.

Also, why not tweet a photo of you and your packed bag, with thehashtag #mkbagsofsupportappeal and encourage others to donate.

Vicki added: “So far, the response has been amazing, we are really grateful for everyone’s help, but more supplies are needed.

“No matter how big or small the donations, each one is making a difference.”

> Bags should include items such as:

Sleeping bags

Camping equipment

Blankets

Silver ‘first aid’ blankets

First aid kits

Antiseptic hand gel

Coats (Baby, Child, Adult)

Hats (Baby, Child, Adult)

Scarves (Baby, Child, Adult)

Socks (Baby, Child, Adult)

Gloves (Baby, Child, Adult)

Underwear (Child, Adult)

Toothpaste

Toothbrushes

Sanitary Towels / Tampons

Body wash / gel

Flannels

Towels

Shampoo

Cotton wool

Wet wipes

Nappy rash cream

Nappies

Jars of baby food

Baby milk power

Vitamins

Food supplement drinks

Milk Powder

Tea bags

Coffee

Packets of dried fruits

Nuts

Plastic cutlery / crockery

Bottled water

Packets of non perishable food (Dried rice, noodles, pasta etc.)

Tinned foods (Beans, fish, rice pudding, vegetables etc.)

Tin openers

> Drop the bags off at MKFM’s studios at Intu, CMK, opposite GAP on the Midsummer Boulevard side of the shopping centre, Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm.