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Food Parcels for Refugee Relief Charity - November 2013
Each year, as part of our Ceiling on Desires initiative, devotees at our centre donate food items to make up food parcels for families living in refugee camps in Croatia. And everyone at the Centre is involved in this activity - some of the SSE Children gave up a ‘goody’ item from their lunch boxes e.g. packet of crisps, and donate the saving for the food parcel! Some of the adults reduced the amount of beverages consumed at their work place and used the savings towards the food parcel! Everyone found some unique way to help with this very worthwhile project.

Around beginning of October, Refugee Relief charity provide a list of basic food items to make up the food parcels – sugar, flour, milk powder, oil, pasta, rice, cans of vegetable, fruit tins, cereal bars, biscuits, cereal boxes, etc – and devotees at our Centre then provide items from the list. The food items are collected over a number of weeks at our Centre, starting from Sunday 20 October 2013 to Sunday 3 November 2013.

The food items are then sorted by devotees from our Centre and the food items packed into carton boxes, each box made up of all items from the list, in similar way to the ‘shoe boxes for Christmas’ principle. This year we made up 144 boxes, a tremendous achievement by devotees at our Centre.

The boxes were then transported to Wellingborough, from where they were loaded onto a large lorry bound for Croatia. The lorry for Croatia is filled with lots of other items – desks, chairs, bicycles, wheelchairs, household goods, etc – all for distributing to needy people in Croatia. This year, the lorry was loaded on Friday 6 December 2013. The food parcels are distributed in Croatia just before Christmas.

 

          Food Parcels Leaflet

The above leaflet was distributed to the devotes, and over the following 3/4 weeks, devotees, started bringing their items of 'food' to the Centre. These were all collected, and on Monday & Thursday (12 & 15 November), a number of volunteers helped with sorting & packing the parcels. They were then transported to Refugee Relief warehouse in Wellingborough, on Saturday 17 November, from where they were loaded onto a lorry for forwarding to Zagreb in Croatia.

 

Here are some photos of the collection, packing & loading of the food parcels:


Food items 2 Food Items 3
Food items from devotees.....

Food items 1 Sorting the food items

Sorting the food items.........
Sorting the food items 2 Packing the boxes
  Packing the boxes.....
Some of the food parcels Some of the volunteers
Packed boxes.........
Some of the volunteers.........
Measuring the material Cutting material
Some of the material used for preparing dining table cloths which were packed in the food parcels....

 
Sewing dining table cloths Sewing dining table cloths

 
Loading the food parcels 1 Loading the food parcels 2
Loading the food parcels for transporting to Croatia....

 
Loading the food parcels 3  


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