It’s on its way! The second shipment of sweaters for Syrian refugees departs

On December 20 we loaded our second sweater shipment for Syrian relief. In addition to our first shipment in November there are now 47,706 sweaters on their way to the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. We are preparing our third sweater shipment to depart early in the New Year.

Members of Manitoba's Syrian community volunteered their time to prepare the second shipment of sweaters for Syrian refugees.

Ousama Rachid and Khaled AlTaweel volunteered their time to prepare the second shipment of sweaters for Syrian refugees. CLWR/T.Gingrich

This couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of those who donated sweaters, and the many volunteers helping us prepare the shipments in Winnipeg. We’ve welcomed many from Manitoba’s Lutheran community, and met some new people as well, including members of Manitoba’s Syrian community who are looking for ways to help fellow Syrians back home.

Khaled AlTaweel and Ousama Rachid heard about the shipment through the Manitoba Islamic Association and the Syrian Assembly of Manitoba. They say many fellow members wanted to get involved when they heard about the sweater drive.

“We are enjoying working here because the stuff we’re packing here may help our brothers in the Jordan camp – regardless of religious background,” says Khaled.

Winnipeg pastors and the MNO ELCIC synod bishop fold sweaters for Syrian refugees

Pastor Bruce of Grace Lutheran, Pastor Rick of St. Mark’s Lutheran, and Bishop Elaine of MNO Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada – folding sweaters!

Members of Manitoba's Syrian community volunteer on the sweater drive for Syrian refugees

Raghad, Ramah, and Salam from the Syrian Assembly of Manitoba lend a hand. CLWR/T.Gingrich

CLWR regular warehouse volunteers folding sweaters

Gloria and Doris – two of our faithful warehouse volunteers!
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