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by Amanda Raymond - Friday, 11 September 2015, 9:24 AM

Pompey fans are being called on to show their support for Syrian refugees by donating football kits and clothing.

Kits 4 Calais is an initiative led by Pompey in the Community and supported by Portsmouth FC. 

Any fans who want to help are being urged to bring items to Saturday's match with Barnet, where they will be collected and distributed to charities across Europe and the Middle East dealing with the humanitarian crisis.  Fans can start donating from Thursday 10th September and will be able to for at least a week.

PitC has teamed up with the Beneficial Centre in Anson Road, which is providing collection and  storage facilities and Portsmouth College, which is providing volunteers.  

Please see the guide for what's needed at the bottom of this article. 

Clare Martin, CEO of PitC said: "The world has been shocked by the heart-breaking images of children’s bodies washing up on the shores of Europe and we feel sure Pompey fans will want to support this initiative to help those less fortunate than themselves."  This year alone, more than 2,700 people have died trying to reach Europe, the majority of them drowning in the Mediterranean. By far the largest number of refugees are from Syria. In the past three months, 80 per cent of refugees crossing the border between Greece and Macedonia have come from Syria.

Alongside that the campaign is urging Pompey fans to make donations to UNICEF.  Click here to do so.

Almost 2 million Syrian children have been forced to flee their homes and UNICEF is working around the clock to make sure that Syrian children and refugees are provided with life-saving supplies such as clean water, medicine and psychological support.

What items should I donate? 
Clothing (Football Shirts/Socks, Hoodies, Tracksuits, Coats/Jackets, Jeans) , Blankets, Sleeping Bags, Tents (complete), Waterproof Holdalls/Bags, Shoes (Trainers/Walking boots), Toothpaste, Soap, Towels, Sanitary products.
Please separate clothing into men women and children's bundles.  Please make sure clothing is clean 

What NOT to Donate?
Food, Bedding, Pillows, Anything perishable.