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Drop-off points around Lewis and Harris will open tomorrow (Saturday 21 January) for a warm-hearted response to the plight of homeless refugees in northern France.

The locally-led appeal, in support of national charity Care4Calais, is working fast to collect warm clothes, coats and outerwear as cold weather bites hard among over 3,000 refugees.

Collection points open from Ness to Leverburgh tomorrow morning, allowing just one week for donations to be made.

After that, everything given to help will be uplifted and brought to Stornoway, from where island business Western Isles Delivery Services is to take them onwards to Care4Calais’s nearest mainland group, in Glasgow.

The collection points are at:

  • Ness, Cross Stores. All week 21-27 January.
  • Barvas Community Centre. Friday 27 January 1.30 to 4pm.
  • Uig Church of Scotland. Little Acorns room Thursday 26 January 10am to 2pm.
  • Breasclete Community Centre. Monday 23 to Saturday 27, during opening hours.
  • Tong – Stitch in the Ditch. All week within business hours
  • South Lochs – Ravenspoint centre. All week in business hours
  • Kinloch Community Hub – Wednesday 25 January, 9am to 5pm.
  • Stornoway – Sandwick Bay Living, South Beach. All week in business hours.
  • Stornoway – Furniture World, Inaclete Road. All week in business hours.
  • Stornoway – Blackhouse Bakery, Plasterfield. All week in business hours.
  • Point – Buth an Rubha, Knock. All week in business hours.
  • Leverburgh – Aosd’ is Ùr charity shop at Leverhulme Community Hub. Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Tuesday 24 – Friday 27 January, 12noon – 4pm
  • North Harris Community Recycling Site (The Depot), Urgha. Saturday 21 January 10am to 1pm, Tues 24, Weds 25 and Fri 27 10am to 4pm.

A spokesperson for the local appeal group co-ordinating the collection said: “Many thanks to all the businesses and organisations that are supporting Care4Calais by offering drop-off points, and to Western Isles Delivery Services for offering to take the donations on the Glasgow at the end of this month.

“To find out more about the donations and the people who will receive them, or if you would rather make a cash donation for the charity to buy what is most urgently needed, please go to www.care4calais.org.

The picture is from Care4Calais’ latest online appeal.