A church has begun its campaign to help Calais refugees.
People can get involved in a massive community good deed by donating essential clothing and other items to the Salvation Army on New Hey Road to asylum seekers currently stuck in Calais migrant camps.
Set up by church ministers Captain Chris and Adrian Lee, they hope to bring some comfort to some of the thousands trying to start a new life away free from death and persecution.
“We need to help these people”, said Capt Chris.
“They feel helpless, as do some people here when they see the images on TV.
“Donating items is a good way to make people who want to help feel like they can do so.”
She and her husband Adrian have just begun to take in donations, which they will accept from 10am to noon Monday to Friday and from 7 to 10pm on Thursdays.
See more pictures below showing the conditions in Calais.
“Anyone can donate to us– football team has already contacted us to say they want to donate and we will also be taking donations from Salvation Army churches from around Yorkshire.
“We’ve teamed up with Calais Aid Network Leeds who will bring a lorry on September 27 which they will then take to Calais.
“We’re also offering people who donate the opportunity to light a candle if they wish to demonstrate how they feel about the situation.”
The pair are looking for lots of clothing and equipment, including bike repair kits.
““We’ve been told that bike kits and inner tubes are wanted so people can get around there, which is a great idea.
“We’re also looking for men and women’s clothes, camping equipment including tents and sleeping bags, cooking equipment, first aid kits and toiletries, which there are never enough of.
“We would ask that any donations are either new or in good condition because dirty items are no good.”
Refugee crisis donations are being taken at an open day in Dewsbury on Saturday.
A team of volunteers will be at Dewsbury and District Women’s Health Centre, Wellington Street, from 9am to 6pm and are appealing for people to donate items.
They are working on behalf of Batley charity One Nation, whose members are to travel to the refugees’ camp on Thursday September 17.
Items should be new or nearly new and include tents, sleeping bags, blankets, camp beds, roll mats, pillows, non-perishable food items, kitchenware, gas stoves, shoes (especially men’s trainers, warm and waterproof clothing, basic toiletry products, books, radios and games.