Borgue mum launches clothes for Iraq appeal

A Borgue mum has been inundated with clothes for a crisis appeal. Katie Stovell is looking for garments to send to Iraq to help some of the two million people displaced by Islamic State (IS). It is now winter in the country and refugees are struggling to keep warm. 

About 450,000 people – half of them children – are believed to be in urgent need of winter shoes and clothing. Baby clothes, bedding and blankets are also in short supply. Katie said: “As a mother it’s really hard to think about people, especially babies, living in tents. “We can’t do everything but we can all do something.” 

And Katie’s appeal has captured the imagination of locals and she already has six boxes of clothes to send away. But the mum-of-two is appealing for more. Katie has had many locals contact her about donating clothes and many from further afield as well. She added: “The furthest away person who contacted me was a lady from Aberdeen.” 

Two churches are also backing Katie’s appeal. Kirkcudbright Parish Church hall and Gatehouse Parish Church will be holding collections at their services this Sunday. Drop-offs at Kirkcudbright can be made between services and Gatehouse after services. 

The friendship cafe in Kirkcudbright Parish hall will also be accepting donations on Monday from 9.30am until11.30am. If anyone would like to donate clothes, they must be suitable for winter and in good condition. They must have working zips, intact buttons and poppers and must have recently been washed and cleaned. 

Donated clothes will be received and distributed by the Christian Aid Program Northern Iraq (CAPNI). And the lorries delivering the aid will be funded be the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME). 

For further details contact Katie on 01557 870126 or email kstovell@hotmail.co.uk. Katie is also looking for people to help pack and label boxes on Monday. She thanked local company TP Niven Pallet Line which is transporting the boxes to the collection point in Wellingborough, Northhamptonshire. 

By Patricia Lewis
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