Ema Mortimer is also collecting things for Calais over the next week or so, contact her if you have anything to give.
These are the current needed items. Please DO NOT donate other things at this point, as we do not have room to store for the future.
This is a list from people on the ground in Calais.
3 important things:
1. If you bring something, bring something so it can last;
2. Focus on bringing clean/in good condition stuff so it can last longer: what you will bring is not made for those conditions;
3. The needs are permanent due to: police destruction, weather, poor conditions, accidents, turn over…
Mattresses (you are able to bring a bed base? the mattress is going to last longer)
Chairs and stools, e.g. folding chairs, camping stools
◙ Clothes (only clean stuff)
–> + Stuff to clean easily and/or dry
Shoes ♂ (trainers, walking shoes and boots)
Socks (wet socks are an issue when you can’t dry)
Waterproof jackets and trousers
You can bring them in solid boxes instead of plastic bags? Consider to leave the solid boxes in Calais: one more storage.
Basic toiletries product (soap, deodorant, towels, kitchen paper, toilet paper, razors, shaving products, sanitary towels…)
Plastic pots (usable for small laundry)
Basic first aid kits
–> Containers/Jerrycan for food and water
Salt, pepper, spices, tomato sauce
Water (Bottles with taps are always useful)
Pans, pots, grills (sponges, dish soap…)
Cooking utensils, cups, mugs, plates, bowls, cutlery
gas stoves, coleman style, double burner to use with a big cylinder. No small camping gas, they don’t last long enough
(Unlocked) Mobile phones (and the chargers)
LED wind up torches
◙ Improving everyday life
Books (different languages)
Sports gears (we do meet a few cricket fans, football fans…)
Radio (and batteries) / wind up radios
–> Bicycles: helping Calais Migrant Solidarity’s activists to follow on police abuse and improve the migrant’s moving capacity
Playing cards, card games, board games, dominoes
Pens, notebooks, paper