Fort St. James Syrian Refugee Group: Fundraising for a family

The Syrian Refugee group in Fort St. James held their second meeting on Feb. 2.

  • Wed Feb 10th, 2016 4:00pm
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Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

The Syrian Refugee group in Fort St. James held their second meeting on Feb. 2.

As the Syrian crisis continues, members of the Fort St. James Community are determined more than ever to do their part, to help in some way through this most desperate calamity.

Over 8 million Syrians have been displaced and over 4 million have fled conflict and poverty in hope of finding a better tomorrow elsewhere.

25,000 refugees are set to arrive in Canada in 2016. How is Canada helping these families make the transition? Can they adapt to a new community like Fort St. James?

On Jan. 24, an initial meeting was held in the town library to discuss the opportunity of hosting a family or two from Syria.

But on Feb. 2, members brought forth more ideas and an eagerness to get the ball rolling.

“Families will come but we need to get thinking about the money,” Terri Karey said.

Karey will help run the fundraising events for the group.

Along with fundraising, the Syrian Refugee Group of Fort St. James has decided that anyone in the community is encouraged to participate, lend a hand and donate.

People can donate individually and a group bank account will be set up to help support a new Syrian Family in Fort St. James.