Annapolis Royal Assisting Relocation - ARCARe
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December 9, 2015
ARCARe Update
I would like to give a brief update of our activities over the past few months but most of all to thank everyone - from the little kids trick-or-treating for ARCARe, to people donating furniture or money, to those giving a helping hand at a moment's notice.
When we started meeting a few months ago we were very fortunate to have Gord Hay and Karen Lenthall-Ascott, from the Paradise Refugee Support group, explain how things had unfolded with the sponsorship of their Iraqi family. Since then, Gord has helped us in an ongoing way and his advice has been especially timely. Their group has been almost a year ahead of us and he has pointed us in the right direction many times.
Since then, everything has happened so quickly: a core group of volunteers has formed, with a large supporting group, and all the churches in town have been very supportive, with the United Church, St. George and St. Andrew - under the leadership of Rev. Elisabeth Bachem - taking the next step of being the conduit for full government support through the United Church of Canada - our Sponsorship Agreement Holder, or SAH. The Church's Treasurer, Jane DeWolfe, has become ARCARe's Treasurer, and is ensuring that the receipting of donations - via the Church, is proceeding in an orderly way.
We receive good wishes and offers of help almost daily, and a few fundraising activities really come to the fore:
- right off the bat, individuals were asked if they would like to donate to our yet-unnamed group, and they did in great amounts;
- with little lead-time, Champlain Elementary School, AWEC (and especially "The Social Issues Club" there), and The Booker School (Port Williams) helped raise over $1,500 from family, friends, and neighbours with a "Trick-or-Treat for ARCARe" Halloween box program;
- the three United Baptist Churches under the leadership of Pastor Elizabeth Legassie raised over $500 by hosting an evening choral concert of the "Lawrencetown Men's Choir" in the Granville Ferry United Baptist Church;
- the Granville Ferry Community Hall raised over $700 with a potluck and auction, with proceeds going to ARCARe;
- Sally Tinker, the Grade 4 teacher at Champlain Elementary School organized a walkathon with the school children that raised over $900 for ARCARe, and her class composed a welcome song for the family that they look forward to singing someday soon!
Our Treasurer reports that we have over $16,000 raised so far by an exceedingly generous community that truly cares.
It has felt like things have just fallen into place, but in reality people from all around and even outside the community are giving generously - in a way that is hard to put to words. We hear of doors getting slammed in other places on the idea of helping refugees, but it is good to report that the exact opposite of that is happening here. Sharing, kindness, and hope is what people are giving here. Although we will be completely ready to choose a family by next week, we really can't wait for them to arrive!
Thank you, everyone.
Laurie McGowan, ARCARe Chair
Yoga Fundraiser 
Julie Palmer has been offering yoga classes this week as a fundraiser for ARCARe.  At this morning's class Janet Swansburg presented Jean McGinis with a beautiful quilt she had made to welcome our refugee family. She has incorporated all kinds of fabrics depicting life in the valley, from apple trees to snowmen. Such a thoughtful, caring gift for our lucky family.
Image :  Julie Palmer and Janet Swansburg.  Thanks to both ladies for their generosity.
ARCARe Gift Cards for Christmas
Donate to ARCARe in honour of a friend or loved one in time for Christmas! Michele Hall will have folded cards (with envelopes) that can be collected when you make a donation, this card can be sent to the intended recipient with a thank you from ARCARe.
Contact Michele Hall, ARCARe Fundraising Committee, on 
902-532-0901 or email 
Granville Ferry bakes for ARCARe

Granville Ferry residents and guests satisfied their sweet tooth hosting a silent auction of home made goodies. Bidding was fast and furious at the December Hall Pot Luck and raised $590. for ARCARe. Kudos to all the good cooks and generous supporters, who are, one in the same.
St. Louis Catholic Church raffled a multitude of Cakes at the Legion during the December 5th Craft Show.
The cakes were made by the women of the church and raffle tickets were sold by congregation members. With a spin of the wheel, a one dollar ticket turned into a lovely cake for each of 24 winners. The effort raised $760. for ARCARe.

A big THANK YOU to St Louis and to Kay Whelan and Velma Keevill who organized the event.
Cash Donations
Cheques can be written to St. George and St. Andrew United Church, please write "Donation for ARCARe" in the bottom left-hand memo space. Please send to ARCARe Fundraising Committee, C/O St. George and St. Andrew United Church, Box 493, Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0. Thank you!
Things We Need!
Work on the Refugee House is progressing very well and should be completed in another week or so. People have been very generous with their donations of furniture and bedding, and also with their time and trucks to move it all.
Thank you all!
We now have just about everything we need to make our family comfortable, although a few more lamps would be nice, as would a small desk.

Once all the drywall dust settles we will be looking for a cleaning crew to go through the place from top to bottom, so if that interests you, drop me a line and I will let you know when.

More requests will go out as things progress.  Please contact Jean McGinis at 
(902) 532-1935 or
The Fundy YMCA's Immigrant Settlement Services program, YREACH, invites you to an evening of social fun, food and drinks and live music!
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at 7 pm 
at the 
Annapolis Basin Conference Centre
 (761 Broadway Avenue, Cornwallis Park)
Food & Drinks provided 
Cash Bar
Free event, Entertainment, Live music, Connections
Everyone is Welcome! 
Immigrants, Newcomers, Locals, Community partners, YMCA Members
Contact Jill Balser 
Donations will be accepted this evening in support of the refugee support sponsors in our community!
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