There is a collective effort culminating around the province to help refugees this Christmas season.
Aziz Alfadel is the President of the Arab Club at the University of the Fraser Valley.
He dropped off a truck load of household donations to the Middle Eastern Friendship Centre today.
“I heard alot of people want to help refugees, the new comers, all over the University, so I thought why not make an event, because everyone is talking about it, let’s do it, not just talk about it.”
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Meanwhile Andrea Thompson of Vancouver hosted a Christmas party this week.
The catch? You must bring a gift for a refugee family.
“Friends who I haven’t heard from for awhile, coming together tonight, when they have to work on their PhD or get to work really early in the morning, but they are coming tonight just to drop some things off.”
Thompson signed up to sponsor a family with a holiday hamper, then set up the event and got community involved in filling it up with clothes, household items, and gift cards.
Her friend Molly Campbell turned to Craigslist to try and buy some bigger ticket items used, and was surprised at the response.
“I was sending out emails [and] I mentioned the refugee family and the holiday hamper effort, and it was incredible… I received a lot of very heartwarming responses from people that I had never even met that wanted to make a donation.”
“In addition to donating a crib and a stroller, we have had a lot of families who have decided to donate gently used baby clothing.”
BC is expecting to welcome at least 200 privately sponsored Syrian refugees by the end of the year.