Donations helping Syrian refugees call Niagara home

Niagara This Week - Efforts to resettle families from war-torn Syria in Niagara got a big boost on July 21, with Regional Chair Alan Caslin presenting $50,000 to two community agencies helping to bring people from that far-off land to a new life in Canada.

The Syrian refugee resettlement committees at St. Ann Parish in Pelham and the Armenian Community Centre in St. Catharines each received $25,000.

The money was raised after Caslin got the support of regional council to match funds donated by Niagara residents of up to $25,000. Those residents collectively donated $25,000 and more in short order.

Moses Moini, refugee program co-ordinator for MCC in Niagara, said late last year that the donations demonstrate the benevolence of Niagara residents when there are crises.

“The outpouring of generosity is just overwhelming,” he said.