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Box Appeal charity drive to return this month despite complaints

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Box Appeal 1

A regional initiative to support blue-collar workers by encouraging people to fill boxes with toiletries and other daily necessities is about to restart in Qatar.

The month-long Box Appeal campaign, which operates in several Middle-Eastern countries, will kick-off on Sept. 15.

Brown Box

Running until Oct. 15, the appeal is led by Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels and urges people to load up specially-made boxes with toiletries and other everyday items.

They include unworn t-shirts, caps, disposable razors, shaving cream, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, small hand towels, combs, soap, shampoo and talcum powder.

Donations of food and money are not accepted.

Boxes can be collected from the Radisson Blu (formerly Ramada) hotel in Doha. Once filled and returned, they will be distributed to workers in the Industrial Area.

The charity drive is now in its 7th year in the region and 3rd year in Qatar, and organizers hope to fill 20,000 boxes this year.

In addition to Qatar, other participating countries include Lebanon, Oman, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE.

While it is a popular campaign, some residents argue that expat workers should not have to rely on charity for essential toiletries and clothes.

Some say their employers should provide these items or pay their workers enough so that they can afford to purchase such necessities themselves.

A spokeswoman for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which operates the Radisson Blu and other hotel brands, told Doha News that the campaign was similar to initiatives which run particularly throughout Ramadan to support workers.

Social support

There have been a number of acts of kindness to support less privileged people in society recently.

Laban tap

A Qatari family living just behind the Radisson Blu hotel by C-Ring road, has a long-standing tradition of providing free, home-made laban to the community.

Hundreds of people travel across town to take advantage of the family’s generosity, whereby around 2,000 liters of the buttermilk-like drink are distributed daily.

Another Qatari family have set up a fridge outside their house and keep it stocked with free water, juice, laban, yoghurt, fruit and bread.

The snacks and refreshments have been welcomed by local workers and others.

Meanwhile, other initiatives have run throughout the summer, encouraging people to support workers toiling outdoors in the heat.

Local volunteer-based organization See My Culture encourages artists here to explore themes of “culture, Islam and community using creative mediums.”

In a recent Twitter campaign #WhatIwill do, it collaborated  with local community news website JustHere, posting a video in which they encouraged people to spend QR100 on bottles of cold water and distribute them to laborers.

Will you be filling a box? Thoughts?

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Yacine
Yacine
7 years ago

What these people need is not a box of toiletries. What they need is a decent salary and a decent accommodation. Give them that and you won’t need to do any charity work for them.

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

TOO RIGHT.

Huzz
Huzz
7 years ago

I am a big believer in charity however I feel that we are failing these people if as working adults they cannot afford basic items like these.

Grantley
Grantley
7 years ago

Whilst I am more than happy to fill a box, I think it is a damning indictment of the attitude towards blue collar workers in Qatar. That these poor people should have to rely on charity for basic items is shocking. Rather than laud this initiative, it should be seen for what it is – an embarrassment to the country.

desertCard
desertCard
7 years ago

Fill a box, soothe your conscience.

I can hear LIOLI or any number of commentators on here…”What else do these ungrateful workers want? We gave them a box of shampoo and a toothbrush. They should just feel sooo lucky to have a job that pays them nothing, houses them in a veal box and works them literally to death.”

The Reporter
The Reporter
7 years ago

It is a shocking indictment of Qatar as a state, but the generosity of that one Qatari family almost gives you hope that some compassion exists among them.

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

These are the key words. ‘daily necessities’. These people are not homeless or unemployed, they have jobs and it is disgusting they are paid so poorly they cannot afford daily necessities.

Anyone who supports this campaign is subsidising the companies that take advantage of these people and are helping to continue the cycle of abuse.

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
7 years ago

The man on the cover photo right hand side, is wearing a Dubai Muncipality Uniform.

Surprised that this drive is there in Lebanon, Oman, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE in addition to Qatar.

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