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Volunteers deliver food and treat parcels to those without friends or family to rely on

A band of volunteers has been delivering food parcels in Bearwood, Sandwell Credit: Bearwood Action for Refugees

The families who are all refugees, asylum seekers and migrants usually attend monthly community lunches where the group cook food donated by the Real Junk Food Project Brum.

The deliveries included chocolates, toiletries and homemade gifts for the mothers who may not have received anything on Mothering Sunday last week Credit: Bearwood Action For Refugees

With the current restrictions in place due to coronavirus, this wasn't possible, so the charity took parcels to them, while following strict social distancing guidelines.

Along with the essentials, the families were given fresh flowers Credit: Bearwood Action For Refugees
Families in receipt of the deliveries say the parcels have made a real difference. Credit: Bearwood Action For Refugees

I found BAFR as a place of comfort for me and my four kids, we do come for lunch every last Saturday of the month... With the food delivery I was able to put food on table for my kids, now we do not lack anything.

– Single mother of four children who received a delivery

The charity said that co-ordinating, collecting and packing donations, crafting gifts,making up gift bags and delivering the packs to the families had been a real challenge but everyone had pulled together while staying physically apart.

They are already isolated, which is why we hold our monthly lunches, so this current situation can make things very difficult indeed for them. Therefore providing them with a few treats so that they know they’re being thought of, plus activity ideas to enjoy with their children we hope might provide a much needed lift to the spirits.

– Leonie Hart, Founder & Chair, Bearwood Action for Refugees
Go Play Sandwell provided play packs for the children Credit: Bearwood Action for Refugees

Also contributing to the parcels were Smethwick Foodbank and St Gregory's Church, plus Go Play Sandwell who made up play packs for the children in lieu of their usual play sessions.

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