Donations of gently used clothing, footwear, linens, toys and other useful items will be accepted from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, March 19 as follows:
- In Fredericton, members of the Multicultural Association of Fredericton (MCAF) and Community Living representatives will be on hand at the NBACL offices, 800 Hanwell Road.
- In Moncton, Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton (MAGMA) volunteers and Community Living representatives will accept donations at the New Brunswick Community College, 1234 Mountain Road.
- In Saint John, members of the Y’s Newcomer Connections program and volunteers with Community Living will be at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 727 Rothesay Avenue.
Syrian newcomers continue to arrive in Canada, and the organization that supports those who are starting new lives in New Brunswick still needs the public’s help to resettle them in their new homes.
For the second time, the New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) and the New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) have formed a partnership to coordinate a province-wide clothing drive tagged “Restore Hope.” The campaign will begin on Saturday, March 19th in Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John, with other communities being encouraged to join is as they can.
“New Brunswickers have been welcoming Syrian newcomers with open arms since December,” says Alex LeBlanc, managing director of the Multicultural Council. “Now our focus is to support them to be successful in the long term. The Restore Hope campaign will help us continue to connect newcomers to the resources and supports that will help them get settled here and become successful and contributing members of New Brunswick communities.”
The Multicultural Council and NBACL have partnered for mutual benefit. NBMC doesn’t have the capacity to store, sort and deliver donations, so NBACL, which already has a clothing donation program up and running with Value Village, will handle that, and the two organizations will share the proceeds.
For every bag of clothing, linens, footwear, toys and other useful items donated in each location, funds will be contributed to the local multicultural association to help ensure that there are no financial gaps in services for Syrian newcomers.
Proceeds from the clothing drive will also go to NBACL’s “The need is great” campaign, to help raise the $65,000 the association needs to continue to offer its many supports, services and programs for New Brunswickers who have an intellectual disability, and their families.
For its part, Value Village, NBACL’s partner in its Community Collection program, is providing each Syrian newcomer with a voucher to shop at their local Value Village store and select the items they need to get started here in New Brunswick.
“It’s inclusion at its best,” says NBACL Executive director, Krista Carr. “This campaign will help newcomers resettle in this great province, while also supporting New Brunswick families. It’s win-win, for sure, so we’re hoping a lot of folks will get going on their spring clean-up early and donate the items they no longer need to our campaign.”