Volunteers in Burnaby assemble 'necessity kits' for Syrian refugees

Volunteers in Burnaby put together kits for 600 families to help them get settled in Metro Vancouver. "Some people are coming from rather dire circumstances ... from refugee camps where there is no access to basic amenities," says coordinator of event.

Many in need of basic necessities such as soap and diapers

Volunteers in Burnaby assembled kits of basic amenities like soap, shampoo and diapers on April, 10, 2016 for newly arrived Syrian refugees to Metro Vancouver. (CBC)

The items are some of the most basic — soap, laundry detergent, razors and diapers.

But some Syrian refugees who have just arrived in the region don't have those basic necessities.

"Some people are coming from rather dire circumstances," said Brett Simms, a volunteer with GlobalMedic. "A lot or people are coming in from refugee camps where there [is] no access to basic amenities."

GlobalMedic provides emergency relief during international disasters. The organization received a large donation from Procter and Gamble, so they chose to make these 'necessity kits' for Syrian families in Metro Vancouver.

"They have a limited amount they can bring with them," said Simms. "They have to prioritize clothing for children. I've heard of people having to leave behind clothing to bring dialysis machines for people so things like soap and shampoo, it's just stuff they don't have and resources are limited for them when they arrive here."

Simms was one of several volunteers who spent Sunday putting together kits for 600 families.

GlobalMedic volunteer Barbara Harvey was one of dozens who put together necessity kits for newly arrived Syrian refugees to Metro Vancouver. (CBC)

Since November, more than 26,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada. Of those, thousands have come to B.C.

"We have such excess here,' said volunteer Sue Sakaki. "It's my pleasure to do so. We all live in this world and we welcome them with open arms."

The kits will be sent out to families over the next few weeks.

with files from Kiran Dhillon