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Wed, 09 Sep, 2015 12:06:30 AM
FTimes- STT Report, Sep 9
Huge cloths are gathered at Helsinki Churches for the refugees. Photo Lehtikuva.
People are donating huge amount of clothes for the refugees taking shelter at the Churches in Helsinki, Church sources said. 
Collection of clothes to help the asylum seekers officially began on Monday, but 150 bags of clothes had already been delivered as early as the weekend, said church vicar Juha Rintamäki.
A heap of clothes-filled bags have been put down at the lobby of a Helsinki church cafeteria. Empty cardboards, whose taped texts above indicate which stuff should be packed inside, await next to the walls. 
“It is just amazing people are motivated in this in advance,” said Riitta Salonen who came with two of her grandchildren to help sort the clothing.
Salonen has previously done volunteer work. This time round, her involvement has been especially influenced by the picture of the drowned Syria boy.
Tiia Virtanen who was folding clothes revealed she was an atheist but still participates in the activities of the church nearby.
People are donating cloths on Tuesday for the refugees, who taking shelter at the Churches in Helsinki. Photo Lehtikuva.
According to Virtanen, at least someone feels to be doing something concrete and useful and not only share on images and texts on Facebook.
Rintamäki and Pastor Marjut Mulari expressed hope that people should donate clothing that themselves would use.
According to Rintamäki, there is no need in emptying trash from the cupboards and donate for collection.
Mulari said it was disturbing that attention is paid too much on asylum seekers clothing and, for instance, their smart phones in the asylum crisis debate.
“These people could think about what they would themselves carry if they would have to leave their homes. The phone is probably the first,” Mulari said.
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