Members of Kettering church collect donations for refugees in Calais

Lydia Freeman and Kiya Sparks from the Kettering congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Lydia Freeman and Kiya Sparks from the Kettering congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Youngsters, leaders, parents and community friends gathered at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (Mormons) meeting house in Kettering to sort out hundreds of donated bags of clothing, bedding and food for the European refugees.

Young members of the congregation and leaders collected bags of donations from members and friends a few days before and then helped sort out the items for collection on December 12.

The Kettering congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have been collecting donations for the European refugees

The Kettering congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have been collecting donations for the European refugees

Charity Jungle Care is the delivery agent that Corby Stands for Refugees and other local Northamptonshire charities use to get much needed items to Calais, Dunkirk and Greece.

By lunchtime the sorted bags had been collected by Jungle Care for direct distribution to the refugees currently staying in the Calais area.

Local organiser for the church in Kettering, Noah Nelson, said: “This was an opportunity for the entire congregation and community to pull together and help people that can’t help themselves.

“Despite religious background, faith, politics, or skin colour, we were united in the common goal: to serve our fellowmen.

This was an opportunity for the entire congregation and community to pull together and help people that can’t help themselves

Noah Nelson

“What a better time of year to do that than at Christmas?

“We would like to thank Jungle Care for helping with the distribution of the donations direct to the refugees.”