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Mayor encourages Kingstonians to help Syrian refugees

Sept. 10, 2015 -

Mayor Bryan Paterson is joining with mayors from across the country in a call to action for a local response to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. The community is encouraged to assist efforts to sponsor the resettlement of Syrian families in Kingston through the Save a Family from Syria group.

"Kingston is a welcoming and generous community that has the opportunity to play a role in supporting Syrian families," says Mayor Paterson. "I encourage those who want to help to reach out to Save a Family from Syria. Together we can provide a new start, new opportunities and a welcoming home for families in need of support." 

The local Save a Family from Syria group has brought together several faith-based organizations to raise funds to sponsor the resettlement of Syrian families in Kingston.  In 2014, the group raised $70,000 and successfully resettled a Syrian refugee family in Kingston and is expecting a second family at the end of September.

Additional funds are needed to sponsor more families in their move to Kingston. Every $40,000 raised by the community supports the settlement of a Syrian family in the Kingston community. Funds donated cover the costs of resettlement, living accommodations, clothing, medical attention and help to become employment-ready.

"Kingston is an excellent place to bring Syrian families. We have all the resources in place to support them in building their new lives," says Cheryl Bird, Save a Family from Syria committee member. "Our community is warm and welcoming, we have seen this in the generosity shown already in bringing two families to our community and the continued outpouring of support to sponsor more families." 

Those interested in supporting this initiative are asked to contact info@saveafamilyfromsyria.org

To make a donation please visit

www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/fourriverspresbytery/

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Media contact: For more information contact Christina Thomson, Assistant to the Mayor, 623-546-4291 ext. 1405

Twitter: @MayorPaterson 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MayorPaterson