Out with the old!

25 Nov

And for a good cause, at that.

This morning I emptied our linnen closet, which was bursting at the seams. About three quarters of what was inside will be washed, dried and donated for the refugees that are still swarming to Europe. Especially now that it is cold I refuse to discuss refugee politics and legal tricks. These people are here now, and they are cold. So I collected a bunch of blankets, pillows and sheets, together with some of my beloved scarves, to be washed and set aside until one of the official collectors comes our way (or I have the car and time to drop it off somewhere).  We have so much stuff, it is almost embarrassing!

Especially after the attacks in Paris and the fear of future terrorist cromes, people are shouting about how we take in too many refugees and how some of them may be dangerous or have bad character (or suck at maths, who knows). And every now and then cultures clash and there may be fights in refugee camps and of course the media is all over it, especially some papers, and every single time you hear some people say, “See? All those strong, illegal immigrants, male, mostly criminal, and we’re welcoming them and bending over to accommodate their anti-democratic views!”

And maybe they are right.

My point is, that’s beside the point. We cannot let people starve or freeze just because we might not agree with their world view.

Of course I expect everyone who comes here to stick to the rules and not commit any crimes. If they do – and if they are caught – the legal system will deal with it. But I don’t think we can, in good conscience, deny people from war-torn countries refuge, and we surely cannot interrogate them at the borders to decide who is welcome and who must stay outside.

And when they are here, I think we should do our best not to let them die.

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2 Responses to “Out with the old!”

  1. peppylady (Dora) November 25, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

    Yes, there cold and they have a need like any other human. I’m actual embarrass about our community that this up coming Monday the 30th, they will have gathering not to let in refugees into our community or state.
    So glad your helping out. It feels good to help someone in need. I know I feel good when I help out someone….Coffee is on

  2. Magaly Guerrero November 27, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    I started collecting socks, gloves, hats and such… I do it every winter… mostly from friends and people around my building… then I take them to shelters. Sometimes I can’t get how people can have so much in their closets while other are freezing. And I’m not talking about anyone giving away their favorite jacket or scar, but goodness knows that most of us have at least one things to spare… and if each of us gave that one thing, there would be one person a bit warmer… at least for a while. This includes refugees, homeless veterans and everyone else who can’t quite take care of themselves…

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