Due to the generous response of Canadians, the Canadian Lutheran World Relief sweater-drive for Syrian refugees has collected 40,000 sweaters! CTV Winnipeg covered the story. You watch the report at: CTV Winnipeg.
CLWR further reports on their website:
The sweaters were donated through a national sweater drive spearheaded by Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) that saw Lutheran congregations across the country organizing sweater collections in their communities. The successful drive collected approximately 40,000 sweaters – four times the 10,000-sweater goal – and two shipments are planned to deliver them to the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan early in the new year. The first shipment will be prepared by Manitoba volunteers and CLWR staff at our Winnipeg warehouse from November 27-30. This volunteer event is called Manitoba Sweater Baling Days. The second shipment will be loaded in mid-December.
The Baling Days volunteers will fold and pack the sweaters into bales that will be loaded into a 40-foot shipping container. Thousands of refugees in the Za’atari camp will receive a sweater in mid-January.
The warmth is desperately needed.
“The men, women and children in the camp have fled terrible violence in Syria, often with very few personal possessions,” says Robert Granke, CLWR executive director. “Many are now facing a cold winter living in temporary shelters without sufficient warm clothing. These sweaters will make a difference.”
CLWR provides funding for other programs in the Za’atari refugee camp, including shelter, mental health programs, winterization kits, education for children and vocational training for adults. This past summer, a $30,000 grant from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation helped CLWR provide shoes, summer clothing and hygiene kits to some of the most vulnerable people in the camp.
Note: The administrator of “Go!” is a member of the CLWR Board of Directors.