Celebs are coming together to lend a helping hand to child refugees this Valentine's...
Valentine’s is the time of year when we’re all in the mood to show a little love, and what better way to do that than showing your support for refugee children?
This February 14th, Helena Christensen, and actor James Purefoy have joined forces with charities Care 4 Calais and Small Steps Project, to raise awareness of the plight of refugee children living in Paris and Calais. There are currently over 2,000 refugees unhoused in France, living in sub-zero conditions and struggling to cope.
Will.I.Am also paid a visit to the Calais jungle last year, and subsequently donated proceeds from the re-release of hit single Where is the Love, to Care 4 Calais. This year, Small Steps Project and Care 4 Calais are referencing the famous lyric with a twist, asking people to tweet their support with the hashtag #WhereIsTheGlove. They want to encourage people to donate essential basic items to help refugee children in Paris during the cold winter temperatures.
Small Steps Project founder Amy Hanson, said: ‘Small Steps Project has worked with scavenger children, living in inhumane conditions on landfill sites for almost a decade. When we began, we never anticipated that children would be living in the same conditions right on our doorstep. We’ve partnered with Care 4 Calais so that during the refugee crisis all UK aid items, specifically shoes and gloves, donated to Small Steps Project in the UK will be diverted to them, because all our kids now have gloves and shoes.’
This isn’t the first time that Helena has leant her support to charity campaigns which help those in need – last year she took part in artist Johny Dar’s ‘Jeans for Refugees,‘ which saw celebs including Kate Moss, Emma Watson and Florence Welch auction their jeans to raise money for refugees, as well as Small Steps Project’s celebrity shoe auction in aid of children living on landfill sites.
Sue Jex, co-founder of Care4Calais added, ‘With the devastating news that the transfer of minors to the UK has halted, and the broken promise that those who willingly went to the French welcome centres would not be deported under the Dublin system, distraught refugees have no-where left to turn but the cold streets of Paris. Faced with sub-zero temperatures night after night, I know the supply of gloves and shoes will be gratefully received by these needy refugees.’
Get inspired to show a little love this Valentine’s day by tweeting your support.