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CAFOD has launched two new World Gifts for Catholics in the Diocese of Hallam to buy for refugees this Christmas.

The Food for a Family pack costs £10 and will provide an emergency food package for a refugee family, whereas the Winter Survival Kit, costing £116, helps to provide sanctuary, warm blankets, fuel and a stove for people seeking safety during the harsh winter.

Anne Prior, CAFOD coordinator in the Diocese of Hallam, said, “This special new gift will go directly to CAFOD’s Refugee Crisis Appeal, providing much needed support and comfort to traumatised refugees who have fled their homes in search of safety.”

Catholic secondary schools within the Hallam Diocese have regularly fundraised in their school communities for the World Gifts initiative. Individuals too often replace Christmas gifts with a gift that will make a difference to those who are living in the poorest communities of the world.

CAFOD has been supporting people affected by the Syrian war since 2012 and is working through trusted Church partners to get vital aid and supplies to vulnerable people in countries in the Middle East and in Europe. Catholics in the Diocese of Hallam have raised over £40,000 for CAFOD’s Refugee Crisis Appeal since 2013.

CAFOD World Gifts 2015 - Lebanon sThe new World Gifts can help people such as Ahmad in Lebanon, a 69-year-old man who left Syria after his family’s home was bombed. Ahmad said, “We were forced to leave with nothing.  Life here is very hard.  We have no money, so we can’t afford anything.  It is hard to live when you have lost your dignity.  CAFOD’s partner, Caritas Lebanon, has helped us.  They have given us mattresses and blankets, as well as nappies and milk for my grandson.  They have also distributed food to the whole building.  But we need so much more.”

World Gifts can be bought at cafod.org.uk/worldgifts.