Sep. 9, 2018

Thank you for the response to helping refugee family

0909 - Thank you to everyone who responded to the call for making life a little better for a refugee family who have settled in Nanaimo. They came here in a circuitous route from Eritrea, via Ethiopa. They have no source of income, and government assistance takes forever to get started.

The family is composed of a single mother with a nine-year-old daughter and three sons, age 13 to 18. It's not easy making ends meet. We had a considerable number of email responses asking for more information and asking how they could help.

We had some financial donations which qualify for charitable donation receipts from an accredited non-profit organization.

We had a response for bicycles for the family, but they still need soccer shoes, size 9 and 11. Something else that would be of great interest would be a free-standing basketball hoop. I know there are numerous people in Nanaimo who would just love to have someone pick up one of from their property.

Email me at Merv@nanaimonet.com or call me at 250-616-0416 if you can help or if you need more information.

Thank you