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Early next term the Trent College community have offered our help to a very worthy and practical cause, the Operation Orphan Warm Clothes Collection. The Operation Orphan charity was set up in 2003 by a local couple with the aim to make a direct difference for orphans and vulnerable children.
Through their hard work and the good will of friends and local companies, this charity is growing and has a number of projects in progress to address issues such as extreme poverty, harsh winter conditions, HIV/AIDS, urban slums, human trafficking and inadequate access to health care, education, clean water and safe sanitation.
Operation Orphan deliver funds and practical aid directly to where help is most needed through personal contacts on the front line. All of their UK administrative costs are underwritten, which means that 100% of all the donations they receive are used to fund these projects.
At Trent we are helping by providing a collection point for Warm Clothes donations, a very simple but very effective way to directly help poor children in Central and Eastern Europe. Much of this region remains below freezing throughout the winter and, shockingly, many children each year are at risk of dying from hypothermia. The reality is that children freeze to death, even in their own homes.
Operation Orphan need help from our community in response to this problem, to collect unwanted warm winter clothing that they can distribute directly to children in time for winter.
You can help by:
1) Sending in warm winter clothes to Trent College for collection on Friday 3rd May. Children and parents can bring these to the Obolensky Building throughout the day. Members of the pubic who don’t have children at the school are also very welcome to contribute and Haughton Lodge reception will be happy to collect donations from the public during office hours throughout the week of Monday 29th – Friday 3rd May.
2) If you don’t have clothing to give, but still want to help out please make a donation. Additional items of clothing will need to be purchased and transport to deliver all clothing to Serbia and Hungary also needs to be provided.
3) If you know any other organisation that would like to be involved please contact Operation Orphan on KACW@operation-orphan.org.
You can help to reduce unnecessary fatalities next winter simply by donating, whether it’s a coat or a £1, it can make the difference between life and death.
Please raid your wardrobes and cupboards to ensure we can provide a collection that will really make a difference.
Please watch the video below, showing last year's collection and the delivery of warm clothes to children.