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By Abbey Morton
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Donations flood in

AN APPEAL to help Afghan refugees rehoused in the region has been overwhelmed with donations.

The Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association (DGMA), pictured, put out a plea for clothes, household items, translators, food shopping volunteers and befrienders last month.

And their Dumfries town centre drop-off point has been filled to the rafters with kind donations of top-notch goods to help refugee families settle and feel welcome.

In addition, over 50 volunteers have come forward to help.

Chairwoman of DGMA Iryna Kerr said: “This has shown huge effort of all D&G organisations, partners and public members working together in great partnership aiming to bring peace and happiness to new Afghan families.

“We hope that they will feel safe and supported in our community.”

And Laura Thomas from Helping Dumfries and Galloway (HDAG) Facebook page said: “It has been overwhelming, the support and donations we have been given.

“Having HDAG join up with DGMA has been a very positive exercise, and I hope that we can continue the collaboration, it appears we work well together, and this means we can help more people in our community.”

The new homes of the Afghan families have been furnished by local charity Massive Outpouring Of Love (MOOL).

Donations have also been gathered by Morrisons Dumfries and Boots in the high street, and Police Scotland’s youth volunteers have been helping preparing food welcome packs.

In the event of more donations being received than required, the surplus will be used locally to raise funds for the Refugee Employment Support and Enterprise Project.

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