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Major donations help refugee families settle locally

Nearly $15,000 has been raised thanks to three donations
Kelly Walker, left, and Ray Harsant, right, present a cheque to Stratford Welcomes Refugees representative, Geoff Williams. Kelly Walker and David Stones pledged the proceeds from ticket sales to their June 20 'Expressions of Love' concert at Revival House to Stratford Welcomes Refugees, a total of $4,264.

Stratford Welcomes Refugees has raised close to $15,000 thanks to three major donations.

The donations include proceeds from the Expressions of Love concert at Revival House ($4,264) from Kelly Walker and David Stones, with the support of Ray Harsant, the Sanderson Family Trust ($4,400), and an anonymous family donation of $5,000.

The money will go to support a sponsorship group to settle refugees, which come from countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, and Sudan, in Stratford.

The refugees have been screend and approved by both the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The refugees receive support to settle from both the federal government and their sponsors.

It takes about $24,000 to support a family of four.

Anyone who wants to help refugees through donating, forming sponsorship groups, and/or volunteering can find more information here. Donations may be sent to the Stratford Welcomes Refugees Giving Registry here. A public meeting will be held in September for people interested in being sponsors