New online swap shop to outfit Syrian Refugees

CBC News Ottawa - Homeful.ca was conceived and created by group of local volunteers

Call it an online swap shop for people in need: some need clothing, appliances and household items and others need to unload those things.

In this case, the people in need are Syrian refugees to the Ottawa area.

The swap shop is called Homeful.ca, and three of the people who helped create the site, volunteers for the settlement group Refugee 613, were complete strangers last autumn.

Then, after dozens of brainstorming meetings — and lots of coffee — Yani Roumeliotis, Jennifer Jeppsson and Anne Pham-Huy became good friends.

They say Homeful is similar to Kijiji or Craigslist, except it's designed to help refugees, settlement workers and private sponsors connect with Ottawa residents looking to donate clothing and other goods.

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