If you have a passion to see what difference a small group can make and want to work with others in meeting the needs of refugees from around the world please do feel free to come and join us at our next meeting in the Community Room (Feb 22, 7 p.m.). We are an open group welcoming contributions from all who want to help for as long or as short a time as each individual can manage.The Refugee Support group was formed in the Fall of 2015 in response to the developing International Refugee Crisis in Syria. Northlea United Church and the Refugee Support Group, decided to sponsor a family seeking safety from the conflict in Syria which led to the Khoudary Family arriving in Toronto in the Spring of 2016.
With a “Core Group” taking responsibility for the process of settling the family into life in Canada the larger refugee response group met in the Fall of 2016 to see if there was interest in continuing to work with the refugee community and what form that might take.
A decision was made to run a food drive for distribution in the Thorncliffe Area, to collect winter clothing to give to New Circles for distribution among the refugee community and to present the donations collected at Carolling in the Pines to Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office to help relieve childhood poverty.
The Refugee Support Group made a decision at the January meeting to continue working and came up with ideas to develop NLUC relationships with the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, to consider a Summer Clothing Drive, possibly a Sports Equipment Drive and investigate advocacy work for the continuing needs of those seeking safety and a new start to life in Canada.
So if you have a passion to see what difference a small group can make and want to work with others in meeting the needs of refugees from around the world please do feel free to come and join us at our next meeting on Wednesday 22nd February at 7:00 pm in the Community Room. We are an open group welcoming contributions from all who want to help for as long or as short a time as each individual can manage.
The Refugee Response Group organized a Summer Bike Drive in co-operation with Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO). The aim was to collect bikes and present them to TNO for distribution to refugee families in the area covered by TNO. We would like to say Thank You to all those who made a contribution to this drive which resulted in a total of 40 bikes being collected for use by refugee families. Contributions came from a condominium building having a clear-out to individuals gifting long loved bikes to this great cause. Contributions ranged from road bikes to children’s bikes. Thanks to the staff at Northlea United Church who allowed temporary storage of the bikes while being collected. Pictures show the bikes awaiting dispatch to TNO.
The Northlea United Church Refugee Support Group launched a Summer Clothing Drive. Clothing was collected at the church given to New Circles who operate GLOW (Gently Loved Outfits to Wear). This is a free clothing service that ensures that thousands of newcomers and other families who are economically vulnerable can meet their basic need for clothing. New Circles ask that clothing be:
✓ Selected; Quality items, Clothing, Shoes, Accessories.
✓ Washed; should be clean and odorless.
✓ Sorted; Mens, Womens, Kids/Teens, Shoes/ Accessories.
✓ Bagged; Folded and placed in plastic bags. No boxes, bins or suitcases please. Labell