Campaign out of Guelph, Ontario

My friend and colleague Mark McCullagh writes with news:

As you may know, Canada is the only country in the world that has a private refugee sponsorship program. Given the magnitude of the crisis in Syria, my wife Joanne and I wanted to take advantage of this unique opportunity by sponsoring a Syrian refugee family to settle in Canada. As a result, we formed a group, which we call “Refugees to Neighbours.” We’re a collection of old and new friends in Guelph, Hamilton and Burlington, who decided to respond to this massive crisis in a small but important way. Although we will be the sponsors, there is an opportunity for you to help as well. ANY donation amount would be SO appreciated.

Tax receipts can be given for any donation and will be issued by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), which acts as holder of the funds until our refugee family arrives. MCC will not be involved in the process to bring the family here, nor will they be involved with the family after their arrival as we are responsible for sponsoring and settlement support for one year. Due to privacy reasons, MCC does not inform us of who has donated, so if you do donate, please write us a note in the “comments and additional instructions” section as they will forward these notes to us.

Please note that if you click on the link, the DONATE BUTTON for our specific fund is at the BOTTOM of this page (scroll all the way down). The donate button at the top right corner is for MCC’s general fund. Here is the link to donate and/or obtain more information about what our group is doing:

If you’re not able to donate at this time, but have in-kind donations (such as furniture, bedding, household items) that you may be able to contribute, please let me know. Here is our list of needed items.

Lastly, if you’d like to follow us on Facebook, here is our page:

Many, many thanks for reading this and/or for any type of donations! Have a pleasant holiday season.

Mark and Joanne


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