A Richmond-based student non-profit fundraised and donated $2,000 to help newly arrived Afghan refugees.
GoGivers Foundation, a youth-led organization that donates monthly care packages to those in need, made the donation to Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) to help arriving refugees resettle in Canada.
According to ISSofBC, vital resources to help arriving refugees include temporary and permanent housing, settlement support services and donor gift cards to help purchase basic essentials.
“Our organization has always been committed to addressing food insecurity among marginalized communities in Metro Vancouver,” said Jasmine Ren, founder and president of the GoGivers Foundation.
“However, upon seeing the devastating images of families in Afghanistan desperately fighting to come to Canada, we decided to focus our efforts on fundraising for this humanitarian crisis.”
Chris Stephenson, acting division manager of communications at ISSofBC, said GoGivers Foundation is an example of the community coming together to help those in need.
"Our refugee clients come to us with such hope, strength and resolve and it is not only our mission but our privilege to help them on their journey,” said Stephenson.
“We cannot do it alone and it is the community – foundations such as GoGivers – that help us ensure those who have arrived here to start a new life have the resources and support to succeed.”