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Some of the donations received at Gardner Memorial Church
Some of the donations received at Gardner Memorial Church

Brechiners have been digging deep in order to donate items to refugees fleeing their homelands in search of a safer life.

An appeal for items to help those in need was launched earlier this month by the Sunday’s Cool team at Gardner Memorial.

A spokesperson explained: “We thought that we would be able to transfer the items donated to Arbroath (the Angus base) by car, however such has been the response that a larger vehicle is now 

“Since the appeal was launched, we have been overwhelmed by the response, generosity and sheer volume of items donated.

“The Church is barely recognisable and has been engulfed by all of the clothes, bedding and supplies awaiting transfer to the next stage of its journey.”

“It has been a humongous task, as the clothing had to be sorted into the categories required by the distribution centre.

“The focus has been mainly on warm clothes and hygiene essentials as well as school materials.

“Thanks go to all who have donated items or their time as without the volunteers and the generosity of the people of Brechin, this collection would not have been possible.”

Donations can still be handed into the Church office at Gardner Memorial until this Friday (October 2), between 10am and 12.30pm. The last collection will be on Friday at 12.30pm.

Volunteers are also requested to help load the bags into the transport.

If you can spare an hour of your time, please get in touch through Gardner Memorial Church of Scotland Facebook page, or by phoning the office during the opening times listed above on 01356 629191.