Donations paused for Afghan refugees after overwhelming response

Donation points set up for Afghan refugees across the whole of Essex have paused receiving more items due to the “overwhelming kindness of residents”.

Essex County Council announced via their Facebook page today six donation points which were opened last week in Chelmsford, Colchester, Dunmow and Stansted have, for now, stopped taking donations.

The authority also said they would update the public when the centres are ready to receive more.

A post on the Essex County Council Facebook page read: “Following an appeal for donations of items and clothes for individuals arriving from Afghanistan, donations are now paused due to the overwhelming kindness of our residents.

“We kindly ask that you do not take donations to these centres. We will update this page as soon as these donation points are ready to begin receiving donations again.

“A massive thank you to everyone supporting this appeal. You’re really making a difference to those who are going through an extremely difficult and challenging time.”

Last week the council said it had been “inundated” with requests from residents to donate items to those fleeing the new Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Leader of Essex County Council Kevin Bentley (Con, Stanway and Pyefleet) said in a statement: “Individuals and families arriving from Afghanistan have gone through unimaginable experiences and our thoughts are with them as they start to adjust to a new and unfamiliar place.

“We have been overwhelmed but not surprised by the outpouring of support we have seen from residents and communities across Essex looking to do their bit to help those going through an extremely difficult and challenging time.

“We remain committed to working with partners to ensure that anyone arriving in Essex has the support they need and that their welfare is protected at all times.

“I’d like to thank you anyone who has already donated what they can, as well as everyone involved in working around the clock to make sure these individuals and families have the support they need.”

Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter