Syrian refugee family to arrive in Kamloops this week

By Jessica Lepp
December 30, 2015 - 11:42am Updated: December 30, 2015 - 8:14pm

KAMLOOPS — The long wait for the arrival of a Syrian refugee family to Kamloops is almost over.

The sponsored family of two adults and three children will be arriving at the Kamloops Airport tomorrow.




Members of R.A.F.T., or Refugees and Friends Together, received notice of their arrival less than 24 hours ago.

It was initially thought the family would be arriving today, but the arrival date has now been pushed back to New Year's Eve.

R.A.F.T. volunteer Heidi Coleman says, “They've already been in Toronto and they've been there overnight. So in Toronto they were given warm winter clothes so they can arrive here. I'm not sure how many days they've been in Toronto but for sure one night and now they're coming here”.

R.A.F.T. has received a significant amount of support including affordable housing for families, clothing and food donations.

“There are people right now at the house that we've rented for them. It's a basement suite. It's got a big back yard and they're going to love it” says Coleman.   

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