Maldon Salvation Army supports Ukrainian refugees
published on 11 Jul 2022
Ukrainian refugees in Maldon are being given a helping hand to settle into the area by the town’s Salvation Army shop, which is offering them summer clothes and shoes as well as volunteering opportunities.
For many who have come with only winter clothing, this will support them through warmer months.
Kevin Dawson-Jennings, shop manager, said: “We launched last month and, so far, ten families have come to us. We had a phone call on behalf of a mother and son and were able to provide outfits the next day.”
He added: “A package contains four or five outfits. A start-up pack will include clothing, shoes and cosmetics. These can be donations, or we are able to rely on local hubs.”
Meanwhile, the shop has also taken on its first Ukrainian volunteer. Leila, 25, has been volunteering for a month.
Kevin said: “She has been doing an amazing job and her English is improving all the time. We’re thrilled to have her.”
A Facebook launch for the initiative was viewed by 3,000 people and Kevin said he’s been delighted with the local reaction.
He commented: “One woman who is a host came to collect clothing and cried when she came because she couldn’t believe the compassion.”
Louise, a volunteer at the shop, is assigning families to refugees across the county independently from The Salvation Army, and Kevin said: “Her dedication spurred me on. I hope people will realise that we are all in this for each other and it’s important to show our support day-to-day.”
Kevin hopes that offering volunteer opportunities will provide Ukrainian people with ‘hope and purpose’.
He said: “It could give them something to look forward to. We will take as many people as required. There will be a job for everyone, even if it is welcoming customers at the door!”
If you’d like more information, contact the shop by calling 01621 843347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org