Giving Back: Syrian Refugees Jump to Help Fort McMurray Evacuees

Syrian refugees who have come to Canada in the past months are possibly the few who truly understand what Fort McMurray evacuees are going through.  Like the evacuees, they found themselves without a home, relying on the kindness of strangers.  Now, they are doing whatever they can to give back by helping the evacuees of Fort McMurray.

Rita Khanchet is one of many Syrian refugees who is taking part in the movement to help.

According to The Calgary Herald,

When Rita Khanchet saw images of a vicious wildfire destroying homes and uprooting tens of thousands of people in Fort McMurray, she immediately thought of Syria, the homeland she fled just five months ago with her husband and young son.

Like the other Syrian refugees who came to Canada, she and her family had to leave their home with nothing, leaving everything they had behind.  She understood what the Fort McMurray residents were going through and immediately stepped up to help.

When Kahnchet’s post in a private group was translated and shared on the Syrian Refugee Support Group page, people stepped up in only hours.

Saima Jamal, one of the co-founders of the page said, “It’s amazing. You have to understand how little these guys have . . . But they understand the idea of an entire city losing their home. That’s something they can easily relate to. They went through that.”

Some of the newcomers to our country have offered donations of food or clothing that were not so recently donated to them because they had nothing.  Others are donating $5 to go towards gathering hygiene items to give to the evacuees.

Even Khanchet’s son, only 5 years old, gathered up some of what little toys he had so they could be given to children who no longer had toys.

Many have resisted our new neighbors and friends that came from Syria to make a new home in Canada.  Many have doubted their appreciation of what has been done for them.  But these Syrian refugees are ready to give back – no matter how little they may actually have right now.

There are many people who are helping the Fort McMurray residents and it is inspiring to see how people in Canada are pulling together.

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