A Place at the Table challenges us all to feed others

Refugee children eating
A Place at the Table campaign benefits The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon which aims to support at least 24,000 families every year.

Set one extra place at your table this Christmas season and help feed a refugee family.That's what The Church of Scotland's 'A Place at the Table' campaign is asking all of us to do.

Simply by setting an empty place at a Christmas meal and donating the money which would have been spent on the meal will help.

Just £20 can feed a Syrian family of five for a month.

Rev Iain Cunningham Convener of the Church's World Mission Council, said:

"This campaign has been active for two years and we have raised around £80,000 which has gone to our partner church, the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, to help feed, shelter and support families who have been displaced in Syria or have had to leave their country and live in refugee camps.

"A Christmas meal is the perfect opportunity for people to do this and now is when festive nights out are being organised with colleagues, friends and family. We have suggested an average of £20 which can feed a Syrian family of five for a month. It could be split between everyone who is dining out or if people are feeling generous, perhaps they could donate £20 each.

"We can all feel powerless when we see the images of refugees and their living conditions in the media, but this is something simple and constructive we can all do to help."

Since 2011, the war in Syria has led to the displacement ofaround 11.6 million people, 7.6 million of whom have remained in Syria living as refugees in their own country. 4 million have fled to neighbouringcountries, with some returning to Syria because the conditions in the refugee camps are so awful.

The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon aims to support at least 24,000 families every year. While £20 will provide a family of five with food for a month, they also are supporting families with hygiene products, fuel and rent costs.

Iain added: "We can all do something… it's as easy as setting an extra place at the table be that at home or in a restaurant. Givethe money you would have spent on feeding an extra person or people to our Syria appeal and help feed a family (or several families) for a whole month."

Send your donations to World Mission Finance, Church ofScotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN or via the Church of Scotland's' My donate' page.

For more information contact World Mission Council on 0131334 1121.