by Helen Hutcheson
On Saturday, May 11, 2019, Britannia United Church organized a New-to-You Clothing Sale for New To-Be Canadians.
Held in conjunction with the annual Garage Sale, this Used Clothing Sale was a tremendous success: piles and piles of quality clothing were donated; countless volunteers set-up, sorted and sold the items; customers, by the 100s, made purchases; and $1,856 was raised for the Britannia Refugee Support Fund for Burundian Refugees.
Britannia United Church will use this money to pay the $550 permanent resident fee for three Burundian refugees (with some left over). This will facilitate their integration into Canadian society and the community by eliminating the financial burden associated with the application. All refugees transitioning to a new life need support to become accustomed to their new communities and to adapt to life in Canada.
Not only will the Used Clothing Sale help local Burundian refugees, the surplus items were donated to the Salvation Army, thereby raising money for local programs and services and assisting others.
Thank you for helping others to dream and achieve!