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City of Moncton organizes ‘supplies drive’ in support of Syrian refugees


January 28, 2016

MONCTON – This Saturday, January 30, and Sunday, January 31, from 9am to 5pm, at 50 MacNaughton Avenue (Caledonia Industrial Park), Monctonians will have the opportunity to showcase their generosity by making donations of useful household items to help set-up the new homes of Syrian refugees arriving in our community. The ‘supplies drive’ will serve to collect items in several categories such as: personal hygiene products, cleaning products, linens, children’s toys and craft supplies, and large furniture items.

“The City of Moncton has been supportive of MAGMA’s efforts thus far,” said Moncton City Councillor Charles Léger, Council liaison with the MAGMA Board of Directors. “With the increased and continued influx of refugees, residents’ participation in this event will go a long way to creating a welcoming community for our newest neighbours.”

Since the first arrivals on December 29th, there are currently over 100 Syrian refugees being settled in Moncton, with an additional 40-50 expected to arrive over the coming days. Many of these newcomers are children under the age of 12.

While donations of new or gently-used items are greatly appreciated, there are guidelines to help facilitate the collection of supplies, in order to ensure the well-being of the refugees. For example, furniture cannot be left outside when the depot is closed, to avoid items being exposed to the elements and to animals. Volunteers will be on site help sort through items.

The following categories have been defined:

  • Personal hygiene items – new, unopened items only (soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, hair brushes/combs, hair elastics, hair dryer, razors, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, lotion)
  • Baby items (wipes, car seat or booster - unexpired, playpen, sippy cups, diapers of various sizes - unsealed packages only)
  • First Aid Kit (acetaminophen, bandages, etc.)
  • House cleaning supplies (bucket and mop, sponges, cleaning products, broom and dust pan, dish soap/dish rack)
  • Laundry supplies (detergent, baskets, iron & ironing board, clothes hangers)
  • Kitchen supplies
    a. For food preparation (glassware/mugs, cutlery, dishes, pitchers, cutting board, pots and pans,, can opener, oven mitts, cookie sheets, muffin pans) 
    b. For food storage (storage containers, aluminum foil, sandwich/freezer bags)
    c. Small appliances (toaster, coffee maker, tea pot/kettle)
  • Children’s fun kit (craft supplies, small toys that don’t require batteries, board games, playing cards, whiteboard with dry erase markers)
  • Language learning tools (English and/or French: ABC/word books, DVD players with children’s educational videos, flashcards, magnetic letters and numbers)
  • Linens – new only (bedding, towels, facecloths, comforters, blankets, dishcloths)
  • Furniture (lamps with lightbulbs, bed frames, bunk beds, dressers, dining tables and chairs, sofas)
  • Various (ex. small vacuum cleaners, garbage cans & bags, shower curtain and rod, radios, TVs, clocks, curtains with rods, calendar/agenda, shoe mat) 

The following items will not be accepted during the supplies drive on January 30-31:

  • Clothing/shoes
  • Used mattresses
  • Used pillows
  • Food donations

Finally, any surplus items will be distributed through several partner agencies to address other needs in our community. 

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Media contact:

Isabelle LeBlanc
Director, Communications
City of Moncton
506-853-3592 / isabelle.leblanc@moncton.ca