THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
This July file photo shows an aerial view of the Za’atari refugee camp near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some eight kilometres from the Jordanian-Syrian border. The number of Syrian refugees crossing into Jordan jumped to an average 900 people per day last month.
Grace Lutheran Church in Brandon is holding a sweater drive for Syrian refugees bracing for another cold, wet winter in a desert refugee camp.
Grace is partnering with Canadian Lutheran World Relief and other Lutheran churches across Canada, the goal being to collect 10,000 new and gently used sweaters. Men’s, women’s and children’s sweaters of all sizes are needed.
The sweaters will be distributed to Syrian refugees living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.
About 125,000 people live there, many in tents with no warm clothing after having fled their communities with little more than the clothes on their backs.
The harsh weather in the desolate Jordanian desert is another hardship on top of the traumas suffered through the brutal civil war.
"Every bit of warmth we can provide will make a difference," says Robert Granke, executive director of Canadian Lutheran World Relief. "The sweaters will go to the people in the camp who are in the most need."
Donated sweaters can be dropped off at Grace Lutheran Church, 3101 Victoria Ave., today and Friday between 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 24, 2013