Londoners Are Aiding The Victims Of The Grenfell Tower Fire With Massive Donations

"I don’t know what they’re going to do about the actual building, but as far as the people go, we’ll get each other through this."

Around 1 a.m. local time on June 13, a fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower apartment building in North Kensington, west London. According to The Guardian, the blaze has killed 12 and injured dozens more, with the death toll expected to rise.

The fast-moving fire destroyed much of Grenfell Tower, meaning most of the 27-story building's residents escaped with only the clothes on their backs. Per BuzzFeed News, within hours, fellow Londoners had begun gathering clothing, toiletries, towels, food, and anything else the displaced residents might need, and the response has been overwhelming.

Nearby sports centers, churches, mosques, and more are receiving donations, which continue to pour in. BuzzFeed reporter Hannah Al-Othman shared dozens of updates on Twitter today, including the below photos of just some of the food that has already been collected at a local sports complex.

Al-Othman also shared pictures of the collections of toiletries, shoes, towels, and more that are still growing.

The British Red Cross notes the response for goods has been so massive, certain drop-off points had to turn people offering more donations away.

In addition to the sports center, donations are being received at a neighborhood church, where bags of items were seen overflowing onto the sidewalk.

BBC journalist Rickin Majithia‏ also tracked goods coming into nearby West London Mosque, where dozens of worshipers were seen sorting through donations.

By late afternoon, donations to the mosque had also spilled out onto the pavement.


Local companies and businesses are also offering to help Grenfell Tower residents in any way they can. For example, Deliveroo — a U.K.-based food delivery service — has promised to deliver free food to any shelter or person at a shelter who asks for it.

British chef Jamie Oliver made a similar promise in a heartfelt Instagram post, in which he told any residents in need of food to head to his nearby restaurant, Jamie's Italian, for a free meal. "Food and drink free of charge so just go and speak to my manager Juan and we will sort you out and give you some love," he wrote. "Love and prayers are with you all."

Aside from donations and food, residents will also need temporary housing, as Grenfell Tower likely won't be livable for many months, if at all. Family Action has raised £55,000 (or about $70,000)and counting, and plans to set up new homes and provide the basic necessities for victims using 100 percent of the money collected.

Per BuzzFeed, Islamic Relief U.K., an aid organization, has pledged 6,000 bottles of water to shelters receiving evacuees, and is also donating £10,000 from the Islamic Relief Emergency Fund to help those impacted by this tragedy.

"Our thoughts go out to those residents and those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Islamic Relief is assessing how we can help the many affected by this tragedy," a spokesperson tells the news outlet. "An Islamic Relief team is on the ground right now to see how we can help."

For the second time in a matter of weeks, Londoners have shown the world what it means to be kind, compassionate, and resilient in the face of unspeakable tragedy. As one resident told CNN International, "I don't know what they're going to do about the actual building, but as far as the people go, we'll get each other through this."

For information on how you can help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, click here.

Cover image via Shutterstock / QQ7.


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