Yeah, it’s cold – could be as low as five degrees in London this week. You hate it, don’t you? So do we. But think about how you’d feel if you were sleeping in the mud. And didn’t have enough to eat, or a roof. That’s your lot if you’re one of the displaced people in the Calais refugee camps. If you want to do something to help, a good place to start is with donating cash or goods to Street Aid.
Street Aid is an initiative by some of London’s best (and our favourite) street food vendors. They’ve already made one trip to Calais in September and they have plans to visit again in January. Dan Shearman of The Roadery visited the camp and spoke of the horrific conditions, saying that many refugees had reached the camp with no more than the clothes on their backs. The traders helped two residents stay dry at night by using wooden pallets to keep them off the flooded ground but many others at the camp were not as lucky.
Joining in this time will be vendors such as The Bowler, Streatza and BBQ Dreamz. You can support them by donating to Street Aid’s crowdfunding page, or keep an eye out in December for drop points that will take clothing and camping materials. You might get a warm feeling during the season of goodwill. The people in Calais? They might simply get warm.