Sweaters donated to Syrian refugees

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Dr. Wilbert Keon School students with sweaters for Syria, from left, standing: Jazmine Robinson, Shyla Regimbal, Margaret Stronge; kneeling: Andrew Gaudette, Brady Meehan.

Peter L.Smith

L’ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES – Students from Dr. Wilbert Keon School, alongside members of St. Alphonsus, St. Paul The Hermit and St. Joseph parishes, recently collected and donated close to 500 sweaters to Syrian refugees in Za’ Atari refugee camp in Jordan. The project was organized through the Canadian Lutheran World Relief agency that has a goal to donate over 10,000 sweaters to those in need.
Over the past couple of weekends, people were invited to drop off unwanted, but usable sweaters at St. Alphonsus Church. Sweaters were then packaged and taken to Home Hardware in Pembroke where they were sent to Winnipeg and then to Syria.
Formed in 1946 as a response to the humanitarian crisis in post-war Europe, CLWR has grown to serve the world’s poor and disenfranchised through community development, refugee resettlement, emergency relief, and humanitarian aid shipments (We Care program), according to its website.