Huge piles of clothes donated to refugees lie abandoned in a parking lot on the Polish border with Ukraine

Huge piles of clothes donated to refugees were left in a parking lot on the Poland-Ukraine border as aid workers pleaded with the public to send money or essential supplies instead.

Arriving on foot from war-torn Ukraine, refugees hoping to reach their final destination do not need clothes, aid workers have said.

Volunteers also say they don’t have time to wade through truckloads of donations arriving in unlabeled and unsorted boxes from across Europe.

Unlike the labeled and sorted boxes containing necessary items – such as sanitary pads and nappies – that are given to refugees, unwanted items end up in car parks along the border, the images show.

In the border town of Medyka, near Przemysl in Poland, volunteer Charlie Hannerton took photos of piles of clothes and bedding in a parking lot.

In the border town of Medyka, near Przemysl in Poland, volunteer Charlie Hannerton, 27, took photos of piles of clothes and bedding in a parking lot

Charlie, from Falmouth, Cornwall, said refugees arrive on foot and do not spend enough time at the border post to sort through clothes and can only take what they can carry.

Charlie, from Falmouth, Cornwall, said refugees arrive on foot and do not spend enough time at the border post to sort through clothes and can only take what they can carry.

Mr Hannerton, from Falmouth, Cornwall, said refugees arrived on foot and did not spend enough time at the border sorting through clothes and could only take what they could carry.

The 27-year-old saw the abandoned boxes on Wednesday March 9 and Thursday March 10, but said other volunteers he met there reported similar mounds of discarded items at nearly everyone. border crossing points.

He said: ‘The point I think I was trying to get across with the photos is that when the volunteers at the border say no clothing donations, they really mean no clothing.

“Refugees and volunteers at the border just don’t have enough time to give them to people.

“When the refugees arrive, they are literally brought into the camp and then immediately put on a bus or transported to Europe in a car.

“They just get put on a bus, and there’s hardly any system.

“Volunteers simply line up, put on a high visibility vest and take anyone to a place where they might have relatives or friends.”

A refugee who fled war in Ukraine sorts through clothes donated at a refugee shelter in Przemysl as Scotland's Mercy Corps which helps in Ukraine urged people to donate money

A refugee who fled war in Ukraine sorts through clothes donated at a refugee shelter in Przemysl as Scotland’s Mercy Corps which helps in Ukraine urged people to donate money

Cassandra Nelson, who works for Scottish organization Mercy Corps which helps in Ukraine, says cash is the best way.

She said the I newspaper, ‘Unless there is a very specific request for something like certain types of medicine, cash donations are best.’

Ms Nelson said the money also allows aid workers to buy what they need cheaper and without transit costs from transporting goods to Poland.

Dan Walden, senior emergency specialist at Unicef, said: “Time is running out in Ukraine and we can transfer money from our bank to a local bank in Ukraine in moments.”

“It is usually much easier to buy items from countries where they are needed. It’s also usually cheaper and helps local markets and economies, helping countries get back on their feet,” added Judith Escribano, communications director at Action Against Hunger.

Dan Walden, Senior Emergency Specialist at Unicef, said:

Dan Walden, senior emergency specialist at Unicef, said: “Time is running out in Ukraine and we can transfer money from our bank to a local bank in Ukraine in moments.” Pictured: Ukrainians choose clothes at a cinema turned aid center in Lviv, western Ukraine, on March 12

Volunteers sort clothes at a temporary accommodation for people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Rzeszow, Poland

Volunteers sort clothes at a temporary accommodation for people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Rzeszow, Poland

Mr Hannerton added: ‘What they need are nappies, sanitary napkins, blankets, really useful single-use items – consumables, I guess.’

He says more and more boxes containing clothes, strollers and bedding are abandoned in the parking lot every day.

He said heaps of donations were now filling parking lots along the border.

A specialist in supporting children with special needs and traumatized children, Charlie says Ukrainian refugees need exhaustible single-use items like sanitary napkins, diapers and blankets.

He said refugees currently arriving in Poland, Moldova, Slovakia and other border countries are “the lucky ones” who can afford to escape.

Every day, thousands of Ukrainian refugees fleeing war arrive at this mall adapted as a shelter in Mlyny, Poland

Every day, thousands of Ukrainian refugees fleeing war arrive at this mall adapted as a shelter in Mlyny, Poland

But even these people, who have money and cars, still have to cross the border with only what they can carry.

He explained: “I have been in the refugee camps this week.

“I work with traumatized children in the UK, so I took my outdoor setup to the refugee camps to do outdoor educational activities with the children there.

“I found myself giving things at the border to refugees crossing.

“There are children who literally walk for days.

“They could lose their family or become orphans, they just walk to the border without food and in whatever they’re carrying.”

Elizabeth J. Harless