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How to help Syrian refugees in Simcoe–Grey

January 15, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Simcoe-Grey Federal Liberal Riding Association has undertaken to collect gently used items of clothing, toys, personal hygiene and bedding for Borden and Meaford housed refugees as needed, depending on which phase they are at in the integration process. Since beginning last week volunteers have picked up donations in Tottenham, Alliston, Angus, New Lowell, Stayner and Collingwood- more than 50 large bags of items. Much more is required.

The Government of Canada has committed to bring 25,000 refugees displaced by war and religious persecution into Canada by the end of February. In most instances, these refugees have spent several years in overcrowded refugee camps, sometimes in abhorrent conditions. Forced to leave their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs and not much else. Approximately 5,000 of them will initially be housed at Base Borden and the Meaford Tank Range until permanent housing can be found for them.

During phase one the following items will be needed the most are:

• Baby and children’s clothing – especially winter wear including boots and shoes

• Adult clothing – especially winter wear including boots and shoes

• Baby and children’s toys, colouring books including see and say type games to assist with English/French

• Personal hygiene items including soap, shampoo, razors, feminine hygiene products & diapers/wipes

• Bedding

The public is asked to review their closets, drawers and toy boxes for any of these items to donate. Compiled bags, boxes or single items will be picked up.

Call 705 850-9943 ext. 111 or e-mail to arrange pick up.

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