YARMOUTH -- The Syrian refugee family that had been expected to arrive in Yarmouth in October is now expected here in December.
And the reason for the delay apparently was that the family of three just became a family of four.
“We got the information that they had just had a baby two weeks ago,” said Leslie Robinson, coordinator of the Yarmouth Refugee Support Group.
He said he didn’t have a specific date when the family would be here.
The community response to the effort to bring the Syrian family to Yarmouth has been “wonderful,” he said.
The initial local fundraising goal was $11,000, a mark that was exceeded.
“All the funds are raised for this family and we’re on the way towards a second family,” Robinson said. “We set $11,000 as the fundraising goal for this family that’s coming, but that was a family of three. Now it’s a family of four, so we need to allocate more than $11,000, probably more like 13 or 14 thousand.”
The total raised so far is about $20,000, he said in a Nov. 26 interview.
“People have been very good,” he said. “Donations are still coming in.”
Given that the family that’s coming first has a new baby, the local refugee support group was looking for donations of baby-related items, including a crib, high chair, diapers, clothes and an infant car seat.
Anyone wishing to donate any of these was asked to contact Anne Moses (902-742-2941).
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