Over the past few weeks we’ve been doing our best to help out local refugee fundraising group LE Solidarity. We ran an office collection for toiletries to donate, and last week several of team RKH headed down to help load up a truck full of sleeping bags, tents, toiletries, clothes, shoes and other essentials destined for Paris to be distributed to refugees across the city.

Along with LE Solidarity and a team of volunteers from DMU, we lugged sacks, boxes and sleeping bags full of items from their first floor storage space into the old-style lifts, and down into the loading bay. As we looked at the piles upon piles of items slowly taking over the bay, and spilling out into the corridors, it was hard to imagine it all fitting into a single truck. Half an hour later our truck arrived and it was all hands on deck taking it in turns to play real-life Tetris to fit as much of it in as we possibly could. We stacked tonne sacks and boxes up like bricks, squeezed sleeping bags into each and every tiny space, and slotted folded tents wherever we could fit them. By the end, we were sweaty (some more so than others!) and exhausted, but had managed to tightly pack every single item onto the truck.

It was really incredible to see the sheer amount of stuff that had been donated and the scale of people’s generosity. These much needed items will make a huge difference to a lot of people, and hopefully help to provide a little comfort to those who are in such a dire situation at this difficult time of year.

If you’d like to get involved with the amazing work LE Solidarity do, join the LE Solidarity Facebook page to keep up to date with collections and find out more about how you can help.

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