On November 2nd at Stockeld Park near Wetherby, 100 Foresters members came to pack 125 rucksacks with items for PAFRAS. Packs were created for men, women and children who are destitute asylum seekers and refuges facing poverty. A Forester grant provided the funds to purchase essential toiletries , scarves, gloves, socks and snacks.
Anna Wallace is the Co-ordinator for the Foresters members in the Yorkshire region who contacted Christine Majid (Manager of PAFRAS) to ask if the organisation would link up with the Foresters to receive the packs. The Foresters are committed to providing volunteer opportunities for their members in their local communities and to helping people in need.
The approaching winter season provided an ideal opportunity for Foresters to make the packs up for asylum seekers and refugees who have very few personal possessions. We want them to know we care about them and that we are pleased to help.
I was thrilled to see so many of our members giving up their time to help and I know they have taken an interest in the charity and the work it does. It demonstrates that Foresters members do share a common purpose and that we are indeed community spirited.
I am grateful to Christine who helped me co-ordinate the activity and for distributing the packs to those in need.
Anna Wallace (on behalf of the Foresters)