Big Needs and an Empty Pantry

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Big Needs and an Empty Pantry


by Gary Kilmer

First, a big thank you to everyone who helped make the February collection successful. Your generous donations have made it possible for us to continue urgent food deliveries for as many as nine families in Béziers for several weeks.  Unfortunately, regular food deliveries of the scale illustrated in the picture above mean that the pantry quickly runs low again.

The LSR group in Aude is also finding it difficult to maintain its distribution of emergency supplies to refugee families in Carcassonne. The list of families assisted in both places changes. Sadly, the number of families needing our assistance does not decrease. Some of the families we have assisted have been able to move into the French support system and no longer need our help.  Other families arrive, however, with various problems preventing them from receiving assistance for periods ranging from a couple of weeks to several months.

No one likes to feel that he or she is continuously being asked to support a charity operation no matter how valuable. We would all like to think that these are “one and done” situations. Reality, however, is far different. Hungry families will be with us for the foreseeable future.

All of the food and funds we receive at LSR

go to support refugee families who seriously need our help.  Our partnership with La Cimade in Beziers and in Carcassonne helps us be sure that our beneficiary lists are up-to-date and accurate. The need for our help will continue.

Your Generosity

Our ability to respond to the need depends on the generosity and involvement of LSR members and friends. Please think about how you can help us continue this program with you gifts and by organizing groups of friends and neighbors to contribute as well.

When we all do a little, a lot can be accomplished.

A list of priority items and regional collection points is included below.


The following non-perishable items are especially needed now to restock the LSR pantry:


Rice (plain), pasta (no couscous please)


Beans in cans or dried – white, brown

Oil (olive, sunflower, etc.)

Canned corn

Flour and sugar

Milk (not 0%)

Peanut butter

Canned (tinned) tomatoes, tomato purée, tomato paste

Tuna fish, mackerel

Instant coffee

Plain black breakfast tea (not green or Earl Gray)

Fruit juice


Nappies size 5

Toilet paper, paper towels

Washing up liquid

Feminine hygiene products (not tampons)

Shower gel, soap

Laundry detergent

Shaving cream, razors

Toothpaste (no tooth brushes)


Please drop off your food donations at any of the following addresses:

Gary and Wendela Kilmer
5 Rue de l’Occitanie, 34320 Nizas
06 27 12 05 98, 06 45 95 50 86

Gabian                                                     Bassie Scott                                        21 Rue de la Rauziere,                          34320  Gabian                        04 67 25 11 03                   06 51 46 45 82

Rosa Fichna
13 Rue Sadi Carnot, 34140 Mèze
06 19 28 77 13




Cesseras (near Olonzac)               Liz Thompson

T. 04 68 91 18 48

Diana Sawday, Graeme Johnson,
10 rue de L’Eglise, 34230 Campagnan                                                   06 19 40 66 00

Colombières sur Orb
Patrick Cameron,
2 impasse du Courtiol,                             34390 Colombières  sur Orb                    04 67 95 81 35,

48 avenue d’Agde 34450 VIAS
Brigid Benson 0607873321
Philip Painter 07 86 72 40 70




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