This is a winter like never before. The Coronavirus pandemic and international lockdowns make winter a bigger threat than ever before.
Temperatures drop, roads become icy and wet, but many of us know that in our homes we are safe, warm and protected. We find comfort in heating, blankets, duvets and warm food.
However, for millions of people around the world, they fear that this winter could be their last. Without safe shelter, basic food, heating, warm clothes or clean water, they face a real possibility of becoming fatally ill, or freezing to death.
This year, the Coronavirus pandemic has made life more difficult for many who were living on the edge of poverty. Without adequate protection and food to remain healthy, people are at more risk than ever before. Millions of people are struggling to put food on the table, let alone have suitable clothing or heating, to help them survive this year. This winter could be their last.
“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
As Muslims, we do not lose hope. We find solace in the mercy and guidance of Allah, our Lord, and knowing that all sustenance and goodness comes from Him (swt).
This winter, more than ever, people need your help to stay warm, safe and alive.
Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an that:
‘Whoever saves a life, it will be as if they saved all of humanity’ [Qur’an 5:32]
You can help a family survive the dreadful winter with a Winter Pack for just £30. This includes winter clothing kits, containing thermal blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, and socks
Around the world, millions of people do not have secure homes and are living in temporary refugee camps or homes. Millions of refugees in the Middle East, in Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan, have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety. They have escaped violence and conflict. However, winter is a crisis they will not be able to escape.
2.5 million children in Syria are at risk this winter. Warm clothing, blankets and food will make the world of difference, because this is truly a winter like no other. Without winter clothing or items, they cannot seek refuge from the sub-zero temperatures, snow and freezing rain. Keeping warm will help them stay healthy and strong, in a better position to survive Covid-19.
This winter, you can protect and save a family by giving an Emergency Survival Pack for £300. This will provide a family with a full winter kit including emergency food, mattress, clothes, and heater and 80kg of coal, which will last them through the winter months. They will be able to stay warm, safe and enjoy hot food.
In Pakistan, Burma and Bangladesh, the cold winter nights put those living in poverty at even greater risk. While summers may be scorching hot, in winters, temperatures fall well below zero and many areas face heavy snow and rain. For those living in poverty, winter is a huge struggle, and many could fall fatally ill. In winter, even a simple cold could cost them their lives. In light of Covid-19, this is more worrying than ever. Jackets, socks, blankets, food and fuel could help them survive the brutal winter.
Give the gift of warmth, and help us keep vulnerable refugees safe this winter.