Generous Midlothian residents have already donated 10 tonnes of winter clothing, school supplies and toiletries for Syrian refugees.
The MidAid partnership of Midlothian Council, local churches, the Loanhead Miners’ Club, and schools, has taken five van and lorry loads of goods to the charity, Edinburgh Direct Aid since the project began a month ago.
Midlothian donations are already on their way to refugee camps in Munich, Germany.
Council Leader Councillor Catherine Johnstone sSNP) said: “We’re bowled over by the generosity and good wishes of local people.
“The quality of the donations has been fantastic. We’ve seen everything from hand knitted children’s sweaters to brand new towels and toiletries.
“We can’t thank everyone enough for taking the time to hand in these much-needed supplies.
“Having a warm jumper, being able to clean your teeth and having a pen to write with are things we take for granted in Scotland. However, I’m sure for the refugees, many of whom have lost everything, they can seem like luxuries that will make a huge difference to their daily lives in the camps.”
Currently the churches taking donations are: Penicuik North Kirk, Gorebridge Parish, Loanhead, Mayfield, Newtongrange, Bonnyrigg and St Nicholas Buccleuch in Dalkeith. Lasswade, Beeslack and Penicuik High Schools are also taking donations as is Loanhead Miners’ Club.
Initially, the council and partners will be linking with Edinburgh Direct Aid to get the donations to Syrians refugees in European camps.