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September 15, 2015

Appeal issued to assist with Syrian refugee relief

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) have issued an appeal to support Syrian refugees suffering and displaced by brutal violence in their country.

“We are asking all ELCIC members to keep Syrian refugees in their prayers,” says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. “We pray for their safety and access to shelter and basic necessities. I urge our members to assist with financial contributions to the appeal and help support our sisters and brothers.”

CLWR, through the support of on-the-ground partners such as The Lutheran World Federation, is working with Syrian refugees who have settled in communities in Jordan and Iraq. Funds received for this appeal will go where most needed to provide basic aid such as clothing, personal hygiene supplies and food vouchers to people most in need of support. Funds will also assist with helping refugee children returning to school by supporting school and classroom rehabilitation and school supplies. Youth and young adults affected by trauma will be supported through psychosocial support programs.

Donations made between September 12, 2015 and December 31, 2015 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Canadian government through their Syria Emergency Relief Fund.

You may make a donation in one of the following ways:

  1. Donate online: clwr.donorshops.com/product/685132A/syrianrefugeerelief.php
  2. Make a designated offering (Syrian Refugee Relief) donation through any ELCIC congregation.
  3. Call CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602) to donate by credit card.
  4. Send a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “Syrian Refugee Relief.”

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