Bags of Love
Labelling your bag is so important. Thanks Chris for the handy labels. See PDFs below
Organised more than one rucksack?? You can download a page if labels below.
What a mighty effort from 6 Year old from the village of Hildenborough
A big shout out to Margot, Julian, Zilpha and the wider community from Hildenborough who have contributed a staggering 230 bags to this campaign.
Little Margot is very sad about the situation in Ukraine and asked her mum Zilpha if she could sell most of her toys to raise money for children who don't have a house, toys, anything much any more. She has sold more than half of what she has on eBay, and her family have matched the money she has raised, and bought / made 90 bags with her funds so far. Margot who attends Weald Community Primary School has also had support from some of her school friends.
Mum told us 'Margot is only 6 years old so we feel proud that she feels deeply for others who are in a terrible situation'.
Mum Zilpha has been equally passionate about this initiative and has involved many people from the wider community/parish. All of this after they organised a big collection at home, and collected about 1.8 tonnes of aid from Hildenborough.
This was such a huge effort that a removal lorry was required to move the aid. A special word of thanks to Britannia Bearsby's of Tonbridge who supplied the lorry and 2 strong men for free.
Thank you to St John's Hildenborough who are also spreading the word in Bags of Love.
Thank you to the Residents of Joydens Wood, Wilmington, Dartford for the additional 54 Bags of Love (this brings their total to 102!) What an incredible effort. Special shout out to Megan, Hannah, Helen and Sarah who gathered and collected money to make up 40 of these bags. Excellent effort from their family, friends and work colleagues - thank you ladies for the difference you will have made!
Should you require any further information on this project (drop off points, content questions etc.), please email email@example.com
One of our volunteers will be back in touch with you as soon as possible to help with your enquiry.
We look forward to our Kent schools and wider communities working together to hit our target of 1000 Bags Of Love by the end of May.
Please share this email address and website with others who can help us get to our goal.
A quick look at what to add in ....
Two young helpers prepare their bags of love ...
Why not send us pictures to share on our gallery of your Bags of Love being prepared?
A Little More about Kent Help for Ukraine
At the beginning of March, a local Headteacher from Elham started Kent Help for Ukraine. The idea was to create a collection point and send a few small vans of humanitarian aid into Ukraine. A list of desired items was shared locally as collections in and around Folkestone started to come in. A just giving page was also set up to collect money to help with fuel costs.
To-date, 14 HGVs full of humanitarian aid have been sent deep in Ukraine where we know it is saving lives. It is estimated that this is worth almost £1 million !
A fantastic group of volunteers have been working together at the drop off point collecting, sorting and loading donations that have come from across Kent (and sometimes beyond). Schools from across Kent have contributed to this aid hugely.
The Just Giving page has now raised close to £40,000. This has paid for the fuel for the vehicles. The links below will provide further information.
If you are interested in donating goods to our Ukraine Hub, please see the link below:-
Before the Bags of Love project, one of our wonderful volunteers organised, collected and delivered over 600 shoeboxes to send to the Ukraine. Thank you Debbie for the Shoeboxes of Smiles initiative 💛💙🌻