An “On This Day” memory popped up in my Facebook feed from 2 years ago expressing gratitude for raising $7000 to assist recently-arrived refugees to our city. So I looked up a few numbers!
The Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees Task Group was formed (I am one of the co-founders) to harness the abundance of goodwill that TriCity residents were expressing towards welcoming and assisting refugee newcomers and the numbers – JUST through our small group – absolutely AMAZE me!
The cash donations, vouchers for groceries and community grants we were awarded total more than $60,000. With respect to harnessing donations of bikes (120+) furniture, clothes, household items I would say it’s been numerous rented U-Hauls worth! The value of the renovations we’ve been able to co-ordinate to convert empty, uninhabitable housing units into safe, clean, welcoming homes, easily exceeds $150,000.
There are no quantitative numbers to put on such things as camps, courses, drives to/from appointments, that have been donated and provided.
The gaps that have been filled, the assistance provided to these families and the new friendships and connections made: absolutely priceless.
Thank you to each and every TFOR volunteer and donor who has made a difference for our newcomers. Looking back on these past two and a half years makes me even MORE proud to be a Coquitlam resident living in our caring TriCities community.
My post and original memory: http://bit.ly/2BYoPqC