Donations of clothes from all over Europe arrive to the Help Refugees Warehouse in large quantities. These must be sorted and made ready for distribution. Shoes and clothes are sorted by type and sizes and are put into other boxes in an organized way so that when a camp asks for supplies, these are readily found and sent. Also, clothes needed to be vetted for appropriateness (no violence, religion or otherwise potentially offending images on t-shirts, for example) and quality. Donators tend to send their old clothes, and that's great, but if they are too worn out, they will be thrown away. The rule is “if you wouldn’t wear it, then why should a refugee?”. This is fair, considering that refugees live with a great amount of fear and stress, not knowing what will happen to them in the future. The least that can be done, is to provide them with clothes that make them feel human in their inhuman situation.
A few days were spent helping in the Soul Food Kitchen, which provides hot meals for refugees and people living homeless in Thessaloniki Greece. That's right, there are even homeless refugees, whom have not been accepted in the Camps. There I was chopping anything from turnips, carrots to onions and fruit. It's a vegan kitchen and the food was excellent. We prepared lunch and dinner for about 80 people, with a team of about 7 volunteers. Small team, incredible impact.