The plight of Syrian refugees in Canada may have faded from the headlines, but community volunteers aren’t letting up.
Dozens of volunteers in Burnaby, some from the group GlobalMedic have been hard at work assembling aid kits to support more than 500 refugee families.
Brett Simms, a volunteer with GlobalMedic says the kits can really make a difference, even if it’s seems like small things.
“Range of things like shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion, razors, feminine hygiene products, diapers, all the kind of stuff you would normally have in your home that a lot of these people arrive with absolutely nothing of.”
He says refugee families were there to help as well.
“There’s a lot of ways that people can continue to help, this is an ongoing problem and an ongoing situation. Like the Syrians that are coming in here need help right now and I think a lot of people think the problem is too big to really contribute but there’s a lot of small ways you can help.”
Simms says the kits will be distributed through different local partners.