Refugee crisis: Many Swedes want to help

Paula Öhman is one of the founders of the group "We do what we can," which is fundraising to help refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was posted for the first time on Facebook on Wednesday, and has since received SEK 3.6 million in donations.

Paula and her family went to Lesbos on holiday, but instead of lying by the pool, they helped as best they could in the desperate situation for migrants on the Greek island.

"We made sandwiches and rented a bus to help with transport," says Paula Öhman to Swedish Radio's P4 Stockholm channel.

Since she came home, Paula has continued to work to help the migrants on Lesbos. She is one of the  initiators of the group set up on Facebook with the name  "Vi gör vad vi kan," (We do what we can). It wants to help the refugees on the Greek island. It asks people to send shoes, hygiene items, children's clothing and sleeping bags. All money donated will go to transport and helping the humanitarian aid effort on Lesbos.  

In just over 24 hours since setting up the page, Paula Öhman tells Swedish Radio that they have been sent SEK 3.6 million in donations. 

The recent high-profile news about the refugee crisis has affected the Swedish public with many offering help. Several aid organizations say that many have recently got in touch and want to help with money, clothes and especially their time as volunteers.