Refugees need sweaters! Help them gain a new fleece on life


Matthew House

What do Kurt Cobain, Mister Rogers, and The Dude all have in common? Give up? They all have great sweaters!

When you’re bundled up in the right sweater, you not only feel amazing but you can comfortably enjoy the great outdoors. For most Canadians, the cold climate dictates our wardrobe, meaning that we dress for function over fashion. Being warm while you’re out in the bitter cold can make all the difference. It can even have you wanting to break out in the Carlton dance—another great sweater! We want to provide the right sweater—a classic fleece to refugee claimants at Matthew House who are meeting Canadian winters for the first time. 

In 2018, a record number of over 55,000 refugee claimants came to Canada. Many of the people seeking safety made their way to the Toronto area but there is no formal system in place to receive them which can make acclimatizing a difficult and stressful process. That’s why Matthew House devotes itself to welcoming refugee claimants through services, advocacy and loving support. Many refugees arrive with little more than a small bag and the clothes on their backs.

How you can help

We want to empower refugees to restart their lives in Canada with the appropriate winter clothing and send a bit of cheer their way this Christmas. Most of the residents at Matthew House are experiencing their first Canadian winter, which is why it’s so important for us to make sure they have the right sweater to keep them warm.

Your generous gift will help make sure all of the residents are warm this winter and that they have a ‘‘fleece” navidad.

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This need is open until:
February 20, 2020
3 days left

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More Details: Matthew House

Matthew House has been supporting refugees in downtown Toronto for over 20 years. They offer shelter, settlement support and newcomer programs to help make the best of what is often a difficult transition. They aim to inspire hope, restore dignity and empower independence for refugee claimants.

They believe they can make a difference and they do. Their work has inspired the opening of 10 additional refugee homes across Canada.
981 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1W4

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