Mustard Seed Jersey is delighted to announce that 230 Welcome Boxes have been received for the repatriated victims of people trafficking in the Bihor county of Romania.
The total of 230 is comprised of 88 boxes for men, 63 boxes for women and 79 boxes for teenage girls. It is the first time the charity has asked the public to pack welcome boxes as a Lenten project, and they are well pleased with the result. The public packed fewer boxes for men, but the charity volunteers (aware of the need) used donated money to pack male boxes so there would be sufficient.
As a general rule the Welcome Boxes contain toiletries and underwear. Sadly often when victims return to Romania they have lost everything and have only the clothes on their backs, so the boxes are very much appreciated.
Rose Helie (founder and co-ordinator) and Hilary Lambert (trustee) plan to travel to Romania next week and expect to speak to the social worker who works with the repatriated victims and learn more about the present situation. In December, thanks to a donation from the Rotary Club of Jersey, and under the guidance of the social worker, sufficient food parcels were packed to give to each of the victims in Bihor county.
The charity wants to thank every person and group who packed a welcome box and donated money.
Any late Welcome Boxes are welcome and will be sent on our autumn trailer.
Rose Helie – April 28th 2014