As hundreds of Syrian refugees begin calling London their home, officials with the London Muslim Mosque are asking the community to help welcome them.
A call for donations was issued on Tuesday, asking specifically for baby strollers, high chairs, diapers, baby formula, personal hygiene items such as razors, shampoo, and soap, new underwear, socks, pyjamas, boots, and winter clothing.
“There were 170 people that came from Syria over the past couple of weeks, [Monday], 75 people came in from Syria,” Chair of the Board of the London Muslim Mosque, Ali Joma, tells AM980.
“We had maybe around 20 volunteers with one call come yesterday. Over the past few days there’s a lot of volunteers throughout the city who have been donating their time and have been very generous.”
Joma adds volunteers have also been helping with preparing the location and sorting through donations.
“It’s outstanding to see different people from different backgrounds coming together as one and to help, at this point in time, it’s people from Syria. It could be somebody from Ukraine tomorrow, or it could soon be somebody from any other place in the world. We show our show of support today for these people, we’ll show our show of support for anyone else that comes to London, Ontario.”
Donations can be made between 12 and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at 797 York Street Unit 2.
More information can be found on the Salam Community Donation Centre Facebook page.