Have you ever bought secondhand clothes and found a dollar in the pocket? This is like that times 1000.
If you've avoided reading up on the ongoing refugee crisis, that's understandable. It's deeply depressing, and it's easy to feel helpless. But let this story be a heartwarming way for you to dip your toe into the chilly, chilly reality of what's going on.
Angela Kerrigan and Jo Kenmuir are two 30-year-old Scottish women who felt they had to do something after seeing horrific images of what refugees were going through on the news. They collected clothes and money from their neighbors in Kilmarnock and brought them to Calais to give to migrants arriving in the UK.
While sorting through the 42 bags of donated clothes, Kerrigan noticed a note fall out of the pocket of an old jacket. She was so moved by what it said, she shared it on Twitter:
The note read:
We are strangers.
I don’t know who you are, but please stay strong.
Politics have failed you, but people will save you.
We all sleep under the same sky.
Kerrigan's tweet has gone viral, as people all over the world are struck by the simple beauty of the anonymous author's sentiment. In four lines, he or she captured the essence of why it's so important to help in a moment like this. Kerrigan herself was brought to tears when she first read it. She told The Independent,
“It was a real show of human compassion and what was said was so true. I was very touched, and it makes everything worth it.”
If you'd like to donate, The Guardian has put together a very helpful page of resources. Every little bit helps, even if it doesn't come with an elegantly-written message. Which is good, because you're not going to top this one.