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Santiago de Compostela - Help to Help My Neighbours

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Year of past OR future Camino
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Help to Help My Neighbors

First of all, I am posting this with @ivar's permission here, despite the fact that I am really not a 'Camino Business'.

Second, the long story can be read here: http://egeria.house/egeria-house-version-3-or-so/

The short story is this:

Since I moved to Santiago in May 2017 there have always been people knocking at my door asking for food.

Pre-Covid that happened around 2-3 times a month.
Now it is a nearly daily occurrence.
Yes, Spain has a social security net.
Yes but, people are still falling through the gaps of it.

I provide, at the moment, two extended families (around 12-15 people in total) with additional food help plus face masks and hygiene products like soap and hand sanitizer.

My own income from freelance writing has done a deep dip with the pandemic, but so have my expenses ;-) So I really could do with some help to continue to help my neighbours.

There are the ones that begged around the cathedral and old town even pre-covid, the lock down and lack of visitors have hid them hard.

Donations are needed for:

Fresh fruit and vegetables
Face masks and hand soap
Salt-free/reduced-in-salt food for one of them with severe diabetes related health issues
Baby care products like wipes and diapers/nappies for both families's grand children
Pantry staples like tinned vegetables, pasta and everything that cooks quickly (power poverty!)

Something extra to make their Christmas less dire …

Thank you from Santiago de Compostela, SY

So, if you want me to help others, the PayPal link is https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/EgeriaHouseSantiago

If you want to venture in the realm of international bank transfer, please PM me.

Also, any questions, please ask them in a comment or via PM.

And, please stay physically apart from each other, so that when we can finally meet again – NOBODY is missing!

BC SY

Photo Captions of the neighbourhood pantry:

1. At the end of the week
2. Start of the week
3. Pick-up box for neighbours
 

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Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Year of past OR future Camino
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Thanks everybody for your kind words and donations! And please, do NOT donate if you're struggling yourself.
I'll send everybody an email/PM over the next few days so that you know all has arrived safely.
Again, many muchas gracias for helping me to help others!

Hugs from Santiago, SY
 

RicardoCostaMesa

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Help to Help My Neighbors

First of all, I am posting this with @ivar's permission here, despite the fact that I am really not a 'Camino Business'.

Second, the long story can be read here: http://egeria.house/egeria-house-version-3-or-so/

The short story is this:

Since I moved to Santiago in May 2017 there have always been people knocking at my door asking for food.

Pre-Covid that happened around 2-3 times a month.
Now it is a nearly daily occurrence.
Yes, Spain has a social security net.
Yes but, people are still falling through the gaps of it.

I provide, at the moment, two extended families (around 12-15 people in total) with additional food help plus face masks and hygiene products like soap and hand sanitizer.

My own income from freelance writing has done a deep dip with the pandemic, but so have my expenses ;-) So I really could do with some help to continue to help my neighbours.

There are the ones that begged around the cathedral and old town even pre-covid, the lock down and lack of visitors have hid them hard.

Donations are needed for:

Fresh fruit and vegetables
Face masks and hand soap
Salt-free/reduced-in-salt food for one of them with severe diabetes related health issues
Baby care products like wipes and diapers/nappies for both families's grand children
Pantry staples like tinned vegetables, pasta and everything that cooks quickly (power poverty!)

Something extra to make their Christmas less dire …

Thank you from Santiago de Compostela, SY

So, if you want me to help others, the PayPal link is https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/EgeriaHouseSantiago

If you want to venture in the realm of international bank transfer, please PM me.

Also, any questions, please ask them in a comment or via PM.

And, please stay physically apart from each other, so that when we can finally meet again – NOBODY is missing!

BC SY

Photo Captions of the neighbourhood pantry:

1. At the end of the week
2. Start of the week
3. Pick-up box for neighbours
done... thanks for doing this!👍
 
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I hope this buys some more manzanas!
This a big problem everywhere. I’m in a small group in the UK we try to help local charities.We recently had a zoom talk with a local headmaster,we were quite shocked to hear of problems some families are having. People are very generous and are very willing to help as we can also see here .
 
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SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Year of past OR future Camino
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
I hope this buys some more manzanas!
This a big problem everywhere. I’m in a small group in the UK we try to help local charities.We recently had a zoom talk with a local headmaster,we were quite shocked to hear of problems some families are having. People are very generous and are very willing to help as we can also see here .

Yes, the same problem everywhere, I am in contact with quite a few people that run small or big food banks in their own countries/towns and the message is always the same 'demand way up, donations down'. A school in Madrid, inner city, became a food bank for 2 000 families (with the help of local business people) because the head mistress couldn't bear it not to help, so she organized her school into a food bank.

My little neighbourhood pantry is obviously far, far smaller and I thank all of you that have already donated. I also would like you to know, whilst the need is obviously ongoing, and will be so for some time to come, thanks to your donations my neighbours are now safe food and face mask etc wise until well into the next year.
So, unless your are swimming in money and have nobody else to give it to - please stop donating to this cause now ;-)

Instead, please consider donating to your own local food bank (or increasing your donation if you're already doing so).

And, if you feel confident to do so and there is a need, do set up your own local, neighbourhood food bank.

All blessings and prayers from Santiago, SY
 

Marbe2

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Yes, the same problem everywhere, I am in contact with quite a few people that run small or big food banks in their own countries/towns and the message is always the same 'demand way up, donations down'. A school in Madrid, inner city, became a food bank for 2 000 families (with the help of local business people) because the head mistress couldn't bear it not to help, so she organized her school into a food bank.

My little neighbourhood pantry is obviously far, far smaller and I thank all of you that have already donated. I also would like you to know, whilst the need is obviously ongoing, and will be so for some time to come, thanks to your donations my neighbours are now safe food and face mask etc wise until well into the next year.
So, unless your are swimming in money and have nobody else to give it to - please stop donating to this cause now ;-)

Instead, please consider donating to your own local food bank (or increasing your donation if you're already doing so).

And, if you feel confident to do so and there is a need, do set up your own local, neighbourhood food bank.

All blessings and prayers from Santiago, SY

Post again, when you need additional funds!
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Year of past OR future Camino
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Post again, when you need additional funds!

Will do, but for the moment, everybody is well cared for. But over the next few days/weeks I will also post some pictures here so that you can see where and how your kind donations ended up to be used!

Hugs from Santiago to everybody, SY
 
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SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Year of past OR future Camino
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Post again, when you need additional funds!

Will do, but for the moment, everybody is well cared for. But over the next few days/weeks I will also post some pictures here so that you can see where and how your kind donations ended up to be used!

Hugs from Santiago to everybody, SY
 

mvanert

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Year of past OR future Camino
2018
Help to Help My Neighbors

First of all, I am posting this with @ivar's permission here, despite the fact that I am really not a 'Camino Business'.

Second, the long story can be read here: http://egeria.house/egeria-house-version-3-or-so/

The short story is this:

Since I moved to Santiago in May 2017 there have always been people knocking at my door asking for food.

Pre-Covid that happened around 2-3 times a month.
Now it is a nearly daily occurrence.
Yes, Spain has a social security net.
Yes but, people are still falling through the gaps of it.

I provide, at the moment, two extended families (around 12-15 people in total) with additional food help plus face masks and hygiene products like soap and hand sanitizer.

My own income from freelance writing has done a deep dip with the pandemic, but so have my expenses ;-) So I really could do with some help to continue to help my neighbours.

There are the ones that begged around the cathedral and old town even pre-covid, the lock down and lack of visitors have hid them hard.

Donations are needed for:

Fresh fruit and vegetables
Face masks and hand soap
Salt-free/reduced-in-salt food for one of them with severe diabetes related health issues
Baby care products like wipes and diapers/nappies for both families's grand children
Pantry staples like tinned vegetables, pasta and everything that cooks quickly (power poverty!)

Something extra to make their Christmas less dire …

Thank you from Santiago de Compostela, SY

So, if you want me to help others, the PayPal link is https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/EgeriaHouseSantiago

If you want to venture in the realm of international bank transfer, please PM me.

Also, any questions, please ask them in a comment or via PM.

And, please stay physically apart from each other, so that when we can finally meet again – NOBODY is missing!

BC SY

Photo Captions of the neighbourhood pantry:

1. At the end of the week
2. Start of the week
3. Pick-up box for neighbours
May I suggest you set up a Patreon account that way people who wish to donate on a monthly basis can?
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Year of past OR future Camino
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
May I suggest you set up a Patreon account that way people who wish to donate on a monthly basis can?

Nice idea, but those who wish to do so, could simply put a reminder in their phone or paper calendar ;-) Hugs from Santiago, SY
 

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SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Year of past OR future Camino
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Thank you everybody that has donated, my neighbours will have a great Christmas and New Year thanks to all of you! I am woefully behind writing all the thank you emails, but here are some photos from yesterday showing the well stuffed pantry for them (more goodies in fridge and freezer, but I didn't photograph those). Just one note, until you really can spare the money and have nobody and no other charity to give it to, please stop donating ;-) My neighbours will be in good food and health care products for a long time to come thanks to all of you!
Blessings from Santiago to you and yours, SY
 

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SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Year of past OR future Camino
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Sybille, thank you for walking the talk. It really warms the heart. And I love how organized your setup clearly is. You may live in Spain, but you are still German. ;)🙏😍
Yes, I am ;-) As both families have very different needs, not to mention the 'random knock at the door' people this is necessary ;-) but I enjoy doing this. Just put in another order to Froiz (local super market) to be delivered tomorrow as there are limits to how much I can carry. Thank you again to everybody that helps with this, it's very much appreciated by the families, who, btw, know that I am only the one that 'channels' this help from you to them ...

Stay safe and sane everybody and let's hope 2021 will be a tad easier on all of us ...
SY
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Year of past OR future Camino
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Please forgive me as I still haven't caught up with all the Thank You emails! But, please know, that each Euro/Dollar/Pound donated has been and will be converted into help for my neighbours. Thank you for your patience and I promise, I will acknowledge each single donation via email!

SY
 
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Always ready for you as I best can, Sybille.

Hoping for a better New Year for you and us all.

Edit: I take it you need things for your gift box? If so, I have plenty to contribute.
 
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SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Year of past OR future Camino
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
For whatever reason I can't update my first post in this thread, so here the

February Update:


Thanks to all your generosity my little neighborhood pantry is now well funded until at least early summer - Happy Dance!

So, for the moment, please donate to somebody else!

Because you were all so generous I was able to purchase two nice shelves additionally to the usual staples (photos below). This is making my life so much easier and the storage so more organized plus I got some exercise yesterday putting them up. Thank you all again for helping with this! Hugs from Santiago, SY

New Shelves.jpg New Shelves 2.jpg
 

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