A mountain of aid from the charitable minded folk of Angus has begun the long journey to where it is needed most.
Tonight (Monday) a full van load of supplies was uplifted from the Panmure Centre in Carnoustie and taken up to the Angus Solidarity for Refugees Centre near Kirriemuir and from there will be shipped to Europe where it will be distributed to the huge numbers of refugees who are escaping terrible conditions in their own countries.
The items included everything from non-perishable foodstuffs, blankets, sleeping bags, clothes, hygiene products to baby clothes, tents and a Moses basket.
The supplies at the Panmure Centre are just the tip of the iceberg, a large amount of supplies have been gathered at Seaview Primary School in Monifieth and more is understood to be stockpiled in Dundee. A full trailer of supplies was also brought through from Arbroath and separate collections have also been started in the town.
Carnoustie resident Marianne Scott was behind today’s operation after putting out a post on Facebook under the auspices of a ‘Carnoustie to Calais’ supply run.
She said: “Thank you to the community and the people who have come from further afield to donate. It has far exceeded anything we would have thought possible.
“From something that started off dead small! I put it on Facebook, went to take a shower, came back, saw the responses and thought, oh my God, what have I done?”
Marianne also praised the Panmure Centre staff for their help in collecting, storing and loading the donations, while at the same time carrying on with their normal duties.
For more details on how you can help, find Marianne Scott on Facebook.