Do you have items you would like to donate to help our Syrian refugee families get settled in Portage? (Small items can be brought to the church during office hours. Please mark them “Refugees”, so they get sent to the right place!). Large items can be dropped off at the Portage Mall on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 3:30 to 5:30. Some particular furniture items we still need include: small dressers and bookcases, small tables for beside beds or the end of couches, small media centre, one more couch, one more TV, small living room/occasional chairs, lamps, mirrors. We also need more clothing: winter coats and boots, running shoes, sweaters, pants, long-sleeved shirts, and so on (the children are aged 4-15 — five boys and one girl [in two families]). Other items you might consider include miscellaneous tools (scissors, tape, laundry baskets, garbage cans, hangers, etc.), school supplies (backpacks, pens, markers, pencils, paper, binders, etc.), and pantry supplies (spices, canned goods, etc. – ask us if you want more details on what is most useful in a Syrian pantry). Thank you for helping us make these families welcome and comfortable.