Five ways you can support Syrian refugees in Toronto

Giving Tuesday at the Furniture BankFurniture Bank, which takes gently-used furniture donations and provides them to people in need, has.


Giving Tuesday at the Furniture Bank

Furniture Bank, which takes gently-used furniture donations and provides them to people in need, has been collecting household items for refugees resettling in Toronto. People living in the GTA with items to donate can either schedule a pickup or drop off pieces at the Etobicoke warehouse. Monetary donations are also welcome online, and $250 allows the organization to furnish an entire home for a family. On December 1, Furniture Bank is ramping up its fundraising efforts by participating in Giving Tuesday, a web-based movement encouraging Canadians to make online donations to their favourite charities. Each donation of $50 will provide a bed for one person. Furniture Bank is hoping to raise enough money to support the resettlement of 1,000 refugees.

Lifeline Syria Literary Fundraiser

The Toronto-based non-profit committed to supporting refugees resettling in the GTA over the next two years is hosting a literary event on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. The event held at Friends House (60 Lowther Avenue) will feature award-winning poet Jackleen Salam, who immigrated to Canada from Syria nearly 20 years ago. Salam will be joined by other poets, musicians, and actors, who will perform pieces on theme of home and exile. Light refreshments donated by Middle Eastern restaurants will be provided, and a silent auction will include plays and books. Admission to the event is $10. Donations can also be made to Lifeline Syria online.

Supper with Syria

A community-based dinner called Supper with Syria takes place at Artscape Wychwood Barns on November 29. The sold-out fundraising event will bring together seven local chefs, including Bashir Munye of My Little Dumplings and Ali Fallaha of Reyan restaurant, to create a multi-course Syrian meal. Guests will have the chance to try two variations a traditional version and a Canadian adaptation of dishes, such as mahashi (roasted zucchini and peppers stuffed with rice and spiced ground beef), and fattoush (a salad topped with toasted pieces of pita bread). The Arab Canadian Music Ensemble will play music and a silent auction includes Syrian art and jewellery. While tickets are no longer available, online donations are still welcome. The group hopes to raise $70,000 in order to bring two Syrian families to Ward 21.

Sleep Out for Syrians

Danforth East residents will brave the cold in a community fundraiser on December 5. Sleep Out for Syrians hopes to raise $10,000 for The Neighbourhood Group in support of their sponsorship of two families. Participants must commit to raising at least $250 and will need to bring their own tent. A party will be held inside Church of the Resurrection (1100 Woodbine Avenue) before the Sleep Out starting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and live music will be provided, and admission is by donation ($20 per person is suggested). Supporters can also help by sponsoring Sleep Out campers, or by donating directly to the Neighbourhood Group. The local non-profit has raised nearly $65,000 of its $80,000 goal in order to sponsor a family in their first year in Canada.

Choir!Choir!Choir! Sings for Syria

Torontos favourite open choir is raising $30,000 to sponsor a familys move to Canada. Choir!Choir!Choir! has already raised $10,000 and theyre hoping that a benefit concert will help boost funds. Sing for Syria takes place December 8 at Clintons Tavern (69 Bloor West) with a special appearance by Calgary band Reuben and the Dark. As with all Choir! events, attendees can expect to exercise their own vocal chords. An original arrangement of John Lennons Imagine will be taught and performed. Admission is by donation ($10 is suggested), with all proceeds going towards their fundraising goal. For those who cant make it, online donations are accepted.

michelled@nowtoronto.com | @michdas

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