Ralph Lapp loads 83 boxes of sweaters at the Hope Lutheran Church on Carrick Street. The sweaters

Sweaters from around Greater Victoria will warm Syrian refugees

National effort collects clothing for Jordan refugee camp

Two local Lutheran churches have received more than 3,500 donated sweaters as part of a national campaign to help Syrian refugees in the Middle East.

Louise Rushton, spokesperson for Hope Lutheran Church on Carrick Street in Victoria, said her church and Lutheran Church of the Cross on Cedar Hill Road in Saanich sent 180 boxes to Winnipeg last week. Each box held about 20 sweaters and donations came from throughout the Capital Region.

“We had a lot of outreach from other communities, such as Sidney and Langford,” Rushton said, adding churches of other denominations also participated.

“When they heard the callout for this, St. Patrick’s (Catholic) church was having a fall (white) elephant sale and they collected all of their sweaters and sent them to us.”

Initiated by Winnipeg-based Canadian Lutheran World Relief, the sweater campaign is focused on helping Syrians living at the Z’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Children and adults staying there face a shelter shortage and many don’t have appropriate winter clothing.

Throughout October, the churches collected sweaters only, but a box of home-knitted hats was also received and sent along with the sweaters. Rushton thanked all those who donated and the volunteers who sorted and boxed the sweaters.

Oak Bay Home Hardware employees helped pack the trucks.

Those still wanting to donate to the Syria refugee cause are encouraged to contact local charities as the Sweaters for Syria drive is now over.

“It doesn’t matter what city or what country you are donating to,” Rushton said. “It’s the fact that you give what you have to help others.”

reporter@vicnews.com

Just Posted

‘Listen to your body:’ Saanich woman fights to have breast implants removed

Woman struggles to find doctor to remove Allergan textured implants, recently linked to rare cancer

Police find shoes, backpack of the man found dead in Saanich

Officers credit public’s help, continue to seek information

Victoria Police seize drugs, replica firearms and $50,000 in cash after searching Victoria home

A property in the 600-block of Manchester Avenue is focus of investigation

Saanich approves new eight- and 11-storey residence buildings for UVic

Residents also supported the environmentally friendly residences

Federal government funds 60 ‘micro-loft’ rental units set to open on Fort Street

The Sawyer Block at 840 Fort St. will house affordable units and a small amount of retail space

VIDEO: Come along for the ride on Tour de Victoria

Reporter captures video footage of his Tour de Victoria ride

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Pile of wood mulch ‘spontaneously combusts’ at Vancouver Island industrial site

Business owner thanks fire department for quick response

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Most Read