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MONTREAL: Storage lockers packed to the ceiling with donations for Syrian migrants

Syrian refugees: Visit a storage locker packed to the ceiling with donations

‘Stuff that we take for granted, when someone first arrives in the country … it means a lot.’

CBC News Posted: Nov 28, 2015 9:02 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 28, 2015 9:12 PM ET

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Organizations accepting clothing donations for Syrian refugees in Montreal say they’ve been overwhelmed by the response.

CBC’s Ainslie MacLellan visited a jam-packed storage locker overflowing with donations, where volunteers were sorting through bags full of clothing and other necessities on Saturday.

She spoke with volunteer Nayla Sultani, who says it was a shock to see the massive piles of donations at first.

This storage locker is filled to the brim with clothing, but organizers say they are still looking for other items including non-perishable food, school supplies and diapers. (CBC)

“Well at first when they opened the door it was very overwhelming because there’s a lot of things, but at the same time we see that people care,” she said.

Organizer Faisal Alazem, with theCanadian Alliance for Syrian Aid, says they can still use more donations of non-perishable food, school supplies and diapers.

“Stuff that we take for granted … when someone first arrives in the country and has zero dollars in his bank account and relies at first on social aid from the government, it means a lot.”

For more information about donations and volunteering, contact info@casa-org.ca or call 1-855-797-2272.


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