Pointe-Claire family skips giving Christmas presents to help Syrian refugees

A Pointe-Claire family has decided to skip giving Christmas presents this year and instead donate clothing to Syrian refugees in Greece.

The family was inspired to help after traveling to Greece

Maureen Mckenna and her two grandchildren in Pointe-Claire. (CBC)

A Pointe-Claire family is skipping giving Christmas presents this year and is instead sending gifts to a Syrian refugee family in Greece.

The Mckenna family was inspired to help after visiting the Greek island of Kalymnos, where refugees have been arriving.

On the island, Maureen Mckenna got to know a local Greek family helping Syrian refugees.

Maureen Mckenna with clothes that have been donated for refugees in Greece. (CBC)

"They are going through hard times and they're spending half their day helping out the refugees doing what they could," Mckenna said.

This Christmas they decided to help by collecting clothes, belts and knapsacks for refugees in Greece. They received donations from family and friends, which will be sent to Greece in January. 

Clothing already collected for Syrian Refugees in Greece. (Kerry McKenna)

"The world is really small these days ... you wonder what's the solution, it's just overwhelming. But then you realize just one person at a time doing something small does make a difference," Mckenna said.


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