Fredericton refugees to double by Sunday, 500 more in coming months
500 more refugees expected to arrive in the next few days
The Multicultural Association of Fredericton says it needs to step up efforts to accommodate an influx of Syrian refugees in the coming days.
"We don't want to put a pause, we want to continue to be able to receive the families. But it means we have to step up, accelerate what we're doing," she said.
De Gante sats the multicultural association is looking for new beds and transportation to carry furniture and supplies to help families get established.
"We're also moving the families within three days of arrival now, nine or so families a week, so we need more physical resources to keep up our pace," she said.
In the meantime, many people are trying to help those who have already arrived feel at home.
Dubbed, "A Warm Welcome," the initiative was put together by artsnb, along with the multicultural association, the New Brunswick Crafts Council, the Fredericton Public Library, Yarns on York, and the Atlantic Institute on Aging.
One of the knitted hats had a note attached that said, "Hi my name is Lilly. I made this hat for you. I'm 9 years old. Welcome to Canada."
Majed Alkraiz said, through a translator, his family feels very welcomed after waiting over a year to come here.
Tilly Jackson one of those who created a homemade gift, said, "I was just hoping that whoever wears them will be kept warm and will feel special."