#ygkChallenge: Welcome Refugees

ygk challenge, Syrian Refugees, KingstonThe #ygkChallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston (and the world) a slightly better place to live, work and play.

This week’s #ygkChallenge encourages you to:

Support Refugees.  With Kingston potentially hosting upwards of 900 Syrian refugees awaiting settlement in Canada, our final call to action for 2015 asks for your support to help ensure these families receive the warmest welcome possible.  What better way to celebrate the season of giving and togetherness than by showing kindness to those who’ve fled five years of conflict and unimaginable atrocities?  The City of Kingston lists a variety of ways that you can get involved, from sponsoring a family to donating your time, money or items in need.  Donations are being managed through the United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington; as well as the Kingston, Military Family Resource Centre.  Give generously so that Syrian children and their families feel hope, joy, peace and love this holiday season.

Join us in completing this week’s #ygkchallenge by liking it on Facebook and/or re-Tweeting it on Twitter. By liking and sharing, you’re not only committing to doing something great, but you’re also helping us spread the word and hopefully encouraging others to participate.

Credit to Trocaire for today’s photo.

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

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