A property development company with offices in Radlett and Borehamwood is coordinating an aid programme to collate and donate urgent supplies to Afghan refugees who are already arriving into the area from Kabul.
Griggs put out a plea yesterday morning (Friday, August 20) to local people to donate clothes and toys to the Afghan families, after staff at the property company had been horrified by news reports and realised many Afghans were already arriving in the area.
Mark Johnson, of Griggs, said: “We saw that hundreds of refugees were being emergency-housed within our local community.
“These poor people have escaped the Taliban and are scared and traumatised, they have arrived with only the clothes they have on their backs.
“They are mostly families and there are a number of children ranging in age from one to 10. We asked our community to help and they really stepped up to the plate: our boardroom is starting to overflow already.
“We had already purchased some basic supplies and toys this morning and took them directly to the families, but they need so much more than we could provide alone.
“Since our call for help this morning, we have been overwhelmed with the generous donations and offers to help and volunteer. Despite their horrific ordeal, these simple gifts have put smiles on the faces of these people, and hopefully helped to restore their faith in the goodness of humanity.
“We can’t thank local people enough for their help – we really are proud to be part of such a caring and compassionate community. We have plenty more space at Griggs and we will also be happy to receive collections all of next week as more people arrive.
“I’d like to also thank Redbourne Health and Fitness and Farrells Fitness for all their help distributing the donations.”
Griggs’ office in Radlett is being used as the collection centre. The address is 223 Watling Street, Radlett, WD7 7AL and they are open Monday to Friday between 9am-6pm.
The items required include:
- Basic toiletries
- Children’s clothes – All types but including warm clothes as they haven’t come prepared for our British weather!
- Adult clothes – jumpers, cardigans, leggings, warm jackets etc
- Food and snacks – Ideally non-perishable
- Children’s toys – Anything for ages one to 10 (Griggs will be supplying a big donation of toys so this is less urgent)
- Colouring pens and pencils and paper
- Simple books – Ideally basic educational books as none of the children speak English.