Call to Help Ukrainian Refugees
A South Tyneside couple are asking big-hearted residents to donate goods to help the thousands of people fleeing from Ukraine.
Danielle Lamoury, 37, and her partner, Gavin Benos, 41, decided to set up collections across the Borough for people who want to help.
Danielle, of Brockley Whins, South Shields, said: "I just felt moved to do something. The pictures on the news are heartbreaking and I felt so helpless.
"I don't see any other way of helping but at least this way we can all show our support for these poor people who have had to leave their homes with virtually nothing,"
The couple are asking for donations of toiletries, supplies such as baby food and formula and nappies, tinned food, torches, batteries, kettles, thermals and medical supplies.
The donated goods will be given to 'Rubbish Taxi' which will take them to the Polish border.
Councillor Moira Smith, Lead Member for the Voluntary Sector, Partnerships and Co-operatives, said: "I am sure we will have all felt moved by the scenes of devastation filling our TV screens.
"As in any conflict, it is the ordinary people who suffer the most. The generous people of South Tyneside have a long and proud history of reaching out and supporting those in distress.
"I appreciate many residents are facing hardships of their own in this current economic climate but I also know that those who can give, will give."
She added: "It is this sort of community spirit and cooperation that led to the launch of the #Love South Tyneside campaign which recognises those who give their time to support others. I commend Danielle and Gavin for their efforts and all those residents who I know will support them."
Ukrainian Alex Lucas from Friez & Burgz added: "There is so much support and so many kind people who actually care who are here, who are donating, who are supporting it's just very kind and gives hope..
"So many people will be saved because of people who have donated and helped and cared who don't just stay at home inside, who come out and get involved and do a little bit."
People can donate items at collection points across the Borough. These include the Red Hackle pub in Jarrow, Morrison's in South Shields and Jarrow, Living Waters Church and Friez & Burgz in Fowler Street, South Shields.