Stouffville Cares is ready to welcome a family of six from Syria as early as next month.
The group of local residents has been raising money and hosting events in response to the international refugee crisis since last fall.
The Syrian family, which was identified last week, is in a refugee camp awaiting final clearance before flying to Canada.
The target for the Stouffville group, which formed early in 2015 out of St. James Presbyterian Church, was $30,000 – the estimated cost of local sponsorship of a family – and many Stouffville residents, merchants and churches have generously stepped forward with donations.
Stouffville Cares has collected $58,000 and is planning to continue raising funds with hopes of supporting a second family.
It’s not only cash that’s coming in. Residents and business owners have bought mattresses for the home the family will live in, offered to pay the rent and hire one of the newcomers.
Donated storage space is filled with furniture and other household items.
Stouffville Cares will be holding fundraising events in 2016.
SATURDAY, FEB. 6
Our first event will be a Soup Day, which will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Stouffville. This event will feature – perhaps unsurprisingly – a variety of tasty soups as provided by a number of local establishments and individuals. The event goes from 12 to 3 p.m. There will also be entertainment, as well as a kids’ craft table.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, 12 and under.
SATURDAY, APRIL 9
Our next event is a springtime musical celebration that will be held at Stouffville’s Nineteen on the Park. The programme promises to joyfully unite the sounds of the Middle East with our own domestic musical fare. The evening will feature some wonderfully talented and award-winning artists – local and otherwise – who will be announced in the New Year:
Tax receipts are available for financial donations and gifts in kind.