AN ANGLESEY woman has thanked residents for giving generously to help impoverished eastern Europeans.
Mair Parry, of Malltraeth, joined a team from the Teams 4 U charity, which distributed much needed supplies to 15 Roma communties in Romania.
Chapels, Merched Y Wawr and WI groups, knitting groups and other Anglesey residents donated mother and baby supplies, educational equipment, goods for the elderly and hygiene products.
She said: “What I like it that it’s team work all the way; everyone working as a team from beginning to end, and that is amazing.”
Mair visited homeless shelters in Tinca and Dumbrava, which care for 85 people, and a pre-school for children and young mothers in Alparea.
Teams 4 U, which was formed by Operation Christmas Child founder Dave Cook, works with a charity called People 2 People to help educate Roma children.
Mair added: “I saw a 17 year old mother learning to hold a pencil so that she could go on to write, and I felt that this was a sign of hope for the future.
“The mother will be very keen for her children to have an education, which is so important.”
It’s great that Anglesey contributed to that, and as a team contributed to that,
Mair also thanked supermarkets for donating bags for providing bags to carry supplies, and described the region’s poverty.
She added: “They live in hovels really. I saw a teenage mother whose baby was sucking on an empty bottle, because she didn’t have any food.
“It’s been cold here, but it’s even colder over there.
“They’re absolutely delighted and so grateful to receive help, becuase it’s a “hand up” rather than a hand out.
“Teams 4 U encourage people to help themselves, which is why education is so important.”