Spending a time in Calais as a volunteer for Refugee Community Kitchen is in once sense exhausting but in another tremendously restorative. Exhausting because it is hard work spending long hours in a cold warehouse with mountains of veg to help prepare, scrubbing out the massive pots the food is cooked in or any of the other tasks that need to be done in order to help prepare the thousands of cooked meals that left the kitchen in the few days I was there, and continue to do so. But truly restorative to be amongst a host of hardworking, willing and cheery volunteers of all ages and abilities - it restores a previously badly battered faith in humanity. To know that there are still a lot of people who pay more than lip service to caring, who put their time, energy, and love into helping their fellow humans and ask nothing in return is so precious.
I must confess it was with a vague sense of guilt that I occasionally swopped my scrubbing brush for the camera, but I wanted to pay homage to the volunteers and, hopefully, encourage a few more of you to add your skills and time to the effort.
If you want to know more or can help:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RefugeeCommunityKitchenTwitter: @RefugeeCKitchenFundraiser: https://www.youcaring.com/refugee-community-kitchen-474904
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