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A Day of Giving: My Volunteering Experience with GAiN UK 

As a Turkish student in Cardiff, I’ve always sought ways to contribute to the community and make a positive impact. My recent volunteering experience with Global Aid Network (GAiN) UK offered me just that opportunity, and it was nothing short of inspiring. 

It was a crisp morning when I set out for Birmingham, filled with excitement for the day ahead. The Involvement Centre was our meeting point, where I joined a packing session with a group of enthusiastic secondary school students from Corby. Together, we embarked on a mission: to sort and pack donations for those in need. 

The task was clear, we were supposed to gather the generous contributions of clothes and shoes, then organise them into categories, and finally, put them in new cardboard boxes. Baby clothes, women’s and men’s footwear, blankets, and more, each item had its place. We split into two teams, one tackling the shoes while the other sorted through the clothes. With the task and method clear, everyone was able to work together diligently and effectively. 

In just under two hours, we had around 20 boxes ready, each packed with care and destined for individuals and families, some to our partners across mainland Europe, but also to those within the UK. The sense of accomplishment was high as we sealed each box, knowing that our collective effort would bring warmth and comfort to those facing hardships. 

This experience was more than just a volunteering session; it was a testament to the power of collective action. Travelling from Cardiff and Corby, we were a diverse group, yet our intentions were the same – to volunteer and play a small part in changing the world for the better. 

Your generous donations lie at the heart of this movement, driving our efforts forward. As volunteers, we wouldn’t have been able to facilitate any packing sessions without your contributions. Witnessing brand-new items generously donated by businesses alongside gently used belongings from compassionate households across the UK has filled us with warmth and motivation.  

As I reflect on that day, I am reminded of the joy that comes from giving. It’s a feeling that transcends borders and backgrounds, a shared human experience that connects us all. And as I continue my journey as a volunteer, I carry with me the lessons learned and the smiles shared, and I am hopeful for the future we can build together. 

Firat Ozturk 
GAIN UK Volunteer 

If you want more information on volunteering to pack with us, go to https://www.globalaidnetwork.org.uk/pack-with-us/ or email us at info@globalaidnetwork.org.uk.

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