From page it's something — dried milk for small children, extra rations for the aged who can't queue for hours at food shops. And it gives hope because it proves people are concerned".
More than 100 tons of essential food supplies have been sent from England in the past weeks to be distributed to the needy in Poland.
The organisation, Food for Poland Fund, has sent out £140,000 worth of fond including 35 tons of powdered milk donated by Cow & Gate, which ironically had to be shipped from Singapore. The Polish authorities are encouraging Polish transport operators to help with the import of Western donations.
Mr Albin Tybulewicz from Ealing said that many non Catholics and non Poles had contributed to the fund which distributed food in Poland under the control of the Charity Commission of the Polish Bishops' Conference.
The operation is co-ordinated by the commission's secretary, Bishop Czeslaw Domin, Auxiliary Bishop of Katowice. Distribution goes through a rota of deaneries which send food on to parish committees which give it to those in need, regardless of faith.
Aid to the Church in Need is running A Ship for Poland
scheme to send food, and Mr Philip Vickers, its United Kingdom head, said he was confident supplies were getting through. Private parcels, though. are taking at least two months, and may go astray.
Both funds have received donations from Herald readers. Aid to the Church in Need is at 35 North Street, Chichester, Sussex. Food for Poland Fund is at 1 Courtfield Gardens, London WI3.