The numbers are staggering: Four million Syrians have fled the civil war in their country.
It gives me great pride in our country when I see and think of the Syrian refugees that are being welcomed into Canada and our communities. I know not everyone is pleased and of course every one is entitled to their feelings and opinions, just as I am. I am proud that we (generally, as a whole) are big-hearted, compassionate human beings. The refugees all come with stories of horror and the unthinkable that (thankfully) we as Canadians will never have to endure.
In my community we are welcoming a family that includes a Grandma, her daughters, a son-in-law and grandchildren. Our community has done a phenomenal job of raising needed funds and securing housing for our newest members of our town. In a few weeks after they are settled in and more acquainted with their surroundings we are going to hold a Welcome Home party at our community center where anyone who wants to, can meet and greet them. I can not wait!
As a welcoming member of our community, there are many ways we can offer a helping hand. Our sponsorship group is still soliciting funds in the hopes to be able to sponsor another family. You can also donate clothing and household items, or volunteer your time to helping get the new Canadians to and from appointments or just volunteer to help them find their way around their new surroundings.
Ontario plans to accept 10 000 refugees, of that number half will be children. I am proud to share how P&G is helping the refugees feel welcome in their new homes.
P&G Donates Household Items and Personal Care Products
From toothpaste to laundry detergent, toilet paper to shampoo, P&G brands provide Canadians with essentials we rely on daily. Working with Brands for Canada (BFC) and its partner, Lifeline Syria, P&G is donating everyday household and personal care products to Syrian refugees to help ease the transition as they make Toronto their new home.
Beginning January 15, 2016, Syrian refugee families, referred by Toronto settlement agencies, will be welcomed at BFC’s distribution warehouse and be provided with new brand-name coats, clothing, and household and personal care items such as Tide, Pantene, Pampers and
Crest. Similar efforts will be coordinated for Syrian refugee families arriving across Canada. Get a sneak peek behind-the-scenes as volunteers help prepare donations for families.
Brands for Canada
Every year, BFC puts more than $28 million worth of new brand-name clothing, personal care and other essentials into the social service system, while keeping more than 200 tons of new items out of landfill sites. Founded in 1991 as Windfall Basics, Brands for Canada receives donations of brand-new clothing, personal care products, school backpacks, blankets and small housewares from leading retailers and manufacturers and distributes these much-needed items to people living in poverty. BFC serves a distribution network of social service agencies that work directly with clients. For more about BFC’s extraordinary story and how you can help, visit www.brandsfrorcanada.com