Syrian refugee donation support 'tremendous,' says province

Halifax City Hall will double as a donation drop off point for residents wanting to donate goods to the Syrian refugees arriving in Nova Scotia.

Goods that are needed include winter outerwear, backpacks and school supplies, toiletries and baby supplies

Halifax City Hall will double as a donation drop-off point for three days. (Robert Short/CBC)

Halifax City Hall will double as a drop-off point for residents wanting to donate goods to the Syrian refugees arriving in Nova Scotia.

This comes as the province says the outpouring of support for the effort to support incoming refugees has so far been "tremendous."

In a release, the city said three days have been set aside to accept donations of small items. Goods that are needed include winter outerwear, backpacks and school supplies, toiletries, baby supplies and gift cards for groceries.

The donations will be taken to the larger donation centre run by the province at the former Rona location in the Bayers Lake Business Park.

Nova Scotia Department of Immigration spokesman Andrew Preeper said on the first day the Bayers Lake drop-off was open, 1,500 bags of clothing, 200 pieces of furniture, 40 baby strollers and many children's toys, toiletries and linens were donated.

Larger items such as furniture and electronics can't be accepted at the city hall location. It also cannot take financial donations.

The city hall drop-off centre will be open:

  • Dec. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The first family of Syrians is due to arrive in Halifax on Wednesday.

More information on the provincial donation centre can be found online or by calling 211.

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