Mayor of Warsaw, Bishops and Rabbi issue a joint appeal do donate basic necessities for people in need at the border

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Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowki, Warsaw Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich and representatives of other churches and religious communities initiate a campaign do donate basic necessities for migrants on the Polish-Belarusian border

People matter the most

In recent weeks, with sadness and distress, we have all been looking to the east, at the Polish- Belarusian border, where migrants and refugees, including women, children and elderly people, experience pain, hunger and cold, and are left without any legal and medical aid,

said a statement signed by Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski, Warsaw Metropolitan Archbishop Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Evangelical-Augsburg Church Bishop Jerzy Samiec, Chief Bishop of the Old Catholic Church Marek Maria Karol Babi, Father Bogdan Kruba on behalf of the Greek Catholic Church and Father Doroteusz Sawicki on behalf of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The partner of this initiative is the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II, a cultural institution of Warsaw.

The signatories of the letter have appealed for support for aid organisations, both religious and secular, which are already helping people in the border area. Moreover, a campaign will be launched on 20-21 November in churches and religious communities to donate basic necessities for for people in need on our eastern border.

Who will get support from Warsaw? 

A week later – on 27-28 November – Warsaw will hold a donation campaign for communes in the Hajnówka district to support migrants. Donations from the citizens of Warsaw will be given to Czeremcha, Białowieża and Hajnówka.

Donation campaign – where and when?  

The Warsaw donation campaign will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 27 and 28 November, between 9 am and 3 pm (in some locations till 6 pm).

Saturday 27 November and 28 November 9am-3pm  

  • PROM Kultury Saska Kępa, Brukselska 23 (near the main entrance)
  • Reading room of the Public Library in Ursus- “Czechowice unit –Plutonu AK “Torpedy” 47
  • Żoliborz District Office, Słowackiego 6/8
  • Ognisko Starówka, Stara 4 (Śródmieście)
  • Fablab Pobite Gary, Błękitna 32 (Wawer)
  • Klub Absolwenta, Marii Kazimiery 20 (Żoliborz). Here, the donation campaign will be ran by the adult alumni of Klub Absolwenta – people with disabilities.
  • Parking lot by the Bemowo District Office, Powstańców Śląskich 70
  • OSiR Sports Complex, Niegocińska 2a (Mokotów)
  • OSiR (the balloon-roofed Orlik pitch), Kazimierzowska 58 (Mokotów)
  • Wolskie Centrum Kultury in Wola, Działdowka 6
  • Ursynów Ghandi 9
  • Praga-Północ District Office, Kłopotowskiego 15 (ground floor)
  • Targówek District Office, Kondratowicza 20
  • Centrum Kultury i Aktywności, Siarczana 6
  • Wawer District Office, Żegańska 1
  • Rembertów District Office, Chruściela 28 (ground floor)

Saturday 27 November and 28 November 10am-6 pm  

Centrum Lokalne Żoliborz, Rydygiera 6B (10am-6pm)

Only on Saturday 27 November 9am-3pm

Atrium Promenada Shopping Mall, Ostrobramska 75C (next to Carrefour)

What is needed?

To help the refugees, municipalities of the Hajnówka district need especially:

  • water in small bottles
  • powdered milk for children
  • feeding bottle teats
  • dummies
  • bottles to mix milk
  • thermal blankets
  • nutridrinks in sachets

Also needed:

  • Bars
  • Crackers
  • Waffles
  • Biscuits
  • Crisps
  • Chicken or fish canned food (cans with a pull tab)
  • Pasta
  • Sugar
  • Cereals
  • Instant meals (without pork)
  • Instant soups

You can also donate:

  • Winter shoes for children (from the smallest size to 38)
  • Socks for children (from the smallest size to 38)
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves for children and adults
  • Sweatpants or tracksuit sets for children
  • Shower slippers
  • Warm winter jackets for children and adults in various sizes, for women and men

The donated products should be new or show little wear. Donations which prove not to be useful in the border area will be given to people in need in Warsaw.

Warsaw collects only donations in kind. Everyone willing to provide financial support for the efforts in the border area can donate money to one of the many secular or religious organisations involved in helping migrants.