Bristol Charity Launches ‘Refutree’ Campaign This Christmas

A Bristol charity that supports refugees by providing a free shop and meeting hub in the city as well as sending aid to displaced people sleeping on the street is holding a special ‘Refutrees’ Christmas campaign in December.

Aid Box Community (ABC) set up following a grassroots movement from Bristol formed to help people living in the refugee camps in Northern France. It has since grown into a charity and has its base in Redland.

The Refutree idea took place last year and raised more than £6K, which went directly to front line support such as clothing, shelter and basic supplies. Organisers are hoping to smash the target this year with selling of Christmas trees, cards made by refugee children and other fundraising activities. Online tree shopping and delivery has been added to the service.

Imogen McIntosh said: “Christmas is a time we think of others, so what better than to know that the Christmas tree in your living room is supporting people who need it most in our cold dark winter.”

ABC helps refugees and asylum seekers living in the West Country have access to basic goods as many of them arrive with nothing and are forced to live with no financial support.

Imogen explains: “This year, we’ve seen a massive shift in how displaced people are being provided for and it’s getting harder and harder for them to find shelter or any decent living conditions.

“The money raised from all the sales will directly helping people who are far from home and living with barely the clothes on their backs. Many of them are traumatised and have very uncertain futures. We want to make sure they find sanctuary, friendship and hope in Bristol, especially at this time of year.”

The shop will be open between Dec 1st-22nd Mon-Fridays 2-7pm; Sat & Sun 10.30-7pm
ABC Hub 5-7 Waverley Rd, Redland, BS6 6ES

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