GTA Christian & faith communities mobilize to help Syrian refugees


One Free World International spearheads partnership to help Syrian refugees build a new home in Canada

A former refugee builds a coalition to give back by collecting clothing, household items, and furniture to help Syrian refugees build a new life.

TORONTO – The Syrian refugee crisis has captivated the conscience of Canadians from coast-to-coast and communities have stepped up to help those arriving from their war-torn homeland.  Over a hundred recently arrived Syrian refugees will visit Catch The Fire church in Toronto December 28-30 to select donated clothing, furniture, and household items to help them settle into a new home.

One Free World International (OFWI) has spearheaded an initiative to collect goods and distribute them to Syrian refugees arriving in the GTA who need them. Over a thousand items have been donated by residents across the GTA in response to OFWI and partners’ appeal for assistance.

Rev. Majed El Shafie, a former refugee and the founder of One Free World International (OFWI) knows firsthand how tough it is to arrive in Canada with little more than a suitcase.

“As a former refugee and victim of persecution, the support offered by faith communities at a very daunting time goes a long way.” said Rev. Majed El Shafie. “By helping Syrian refugees settle into a new home today, we’re building the foundation for success of new Canadians tomorrow.”

One Free World International partnered with Catch The Fire, The Well on Bayview, My Canada, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, and community leaders to coordinate the effort. Volunteers have worked over the holidays to setup and operate the drop-off centre, picked up donated items, and arranged transportation to help refugees select items and move them to their new homes.

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