The community came together last month and generously donated thousands of bags of supplies to support newly arrived Afghan families who are being housed in Bushey.
Bushey United Synagogue organised the collection on August 22, to support 72 refugee families who arrived in Hertsmere after the Taliban takeover.
Rabbi Elchonon Feldman, of the Bushey United Synagogue, posted an appeal on social media for donations and was met with a phenomenal response from people in the town as word spread quickly. More than 3,000 bags of toiletries, clothes and supplies arrived at the Synagogue car park on Sparrows Herne within three days.
Rabbi Feldman told BUSHEYNews: ““It was one of my most humbling and enriching experiences sharing with the community the collection for the local Afghan refugees. As a Jewish person we acutely are aware of what it means to be vulnerable and to come to a new country without any resource and for us to be able to make the journey to a better tomorrow that much easier and more straight forward was an honour.”
County Councillor and Conservative deputy leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, Caroline Clapper was one of the volunteers sorting the generous donations. She said on Twitter: “I just wanted to say, after what has been an overwhelming (and exhausting) day a massive thank you to everyone who contributed donations and time for those in need #HertsmereUnited.”