N.B. holds province-wide clothing drive for Syrian refugees
Published Saturday, March 19, 2016 6:46PM ADT
A steady stream of people dropped off clothing and household items for Syrian refugees in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton on Saturday.
“All of us have a civic responsibility to help in some way, if we can,” said one donator.
The New Brunswick Association for Community Living accepted clothing and household items for a second time in the last few months.
The donations will help the nearly 240 Syrian refugees who have just arrived in New Brunswick within the last few weeks.
“Proceeds from this drive will also support the New Brunswick Association for Community Living, who support children and adults with an intellectual disability right here in New Brunswick,” said Krista Carr with the non-profit organization.
The organization has a partnership with Value Village, and gets money back for all the clothing collected.
“They will be sorting and racking those things and our Syrian newcomers can go to Value Village to receive, they'll have vouchers to receive their donations, be able to choose what they want,” said Carr.
The household items will be sorted and distributed by local multicultural groups.
“It's an amazing way to support two organization, two groups of people who really need community support,” said Carr.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Nick Moore.