A second supplies drive is underway in Moncton, but this time the City of Moncton is asking for small household items to help the 220 Syrian refugees who have arrived and are settling in.
City spokesperson Isabelle LeBlanc says during the first drive a 5,000 square foot warehouse at 50 MacNaughton Avenue, in the Caledonia Industrial Park, was filled with donations of furniture.
"If we can offer them as much as we can from the generosity of Monctonians … then we want to do all that we can do to help them," LeBlanc said.
The household supplies drive continues until Sunday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day at the MacNaughton Avenue depot.
For this second round, specific household items are requested:
• Small appliances: alarm clocks, microwaves
• Cleaning supplies: brooms, mops, buckets, garbage cans
• Laundry supplies: hampers, baskets, irons, sewing kits
• Furniture: desks, dressers, large kitchen tables, lamps, TV stands
• Kitchen supplies: bowls, baking sheets, measuring cups and spoons
• Hygiene: First Aid kits
• Baby items: booster/car seats (not expired), high chairs, strollers
LeBlanc says donations of gift cards from department stores would also be helpful to fill in gaps.
Volunteers still needed
LeBlanc says the city is still looking for more people to get involved in welcoming refugee families, in particular people who can translate for them.
"Every time we are in contact with the families we need to have an interpreter," LeBlanc said. "So the call for interpreters is out there — we need more volunteers."
People can also volunteer by offering one-time assistance moving refugees into permanent homes or by helping with transportation and running errands.
And there is still a need for people who are willing to be matched with a family to provide long-term support and friendship.
By the end of February, a total of 250 Syrian refugees are expected to have arrived in Moncton.