January 06, 2016 - 8:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - Last week a Syrian couple and their three children began their new life in Kamloops after escaping the atrocities of an ongoing civil war in their home country.
A group of volunteers from the group Refugees and Friends Together and others from Kamloops Immigrant Services welcomed the family as they arrived at the Kamloops airport Dec. 31.
The family was scheduled to move into an apartment on the city’s North Shore this week and organizers from the group are still appealing to the public for furniture donations, specifically a smaller television which will help the newcomers learn English.
Arranging for the family’s arrival in Kamloops has not been an easy process for the group, with organizers given little to no information on the family’s arrival and given only a 24-hour notice to their New Year's Eve arrival.
To welcome the new family locals, including people who came to Canada as refugees, offered greetings in a video created by Kamloops Immigrant Services and local film group Mastermind Studios.
In the following months, two more families sponsored by RAFT and the Kamloops United Church are expected to arrive in the city. For more information on RAFT and to contact an organizer, visit the group's Facebook page.
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