Local Girl Guides help refugee families

Donations of cash and household items collected in Abbotsford

Members of the 3rd and 4th Abbotsford Guides display some of the donations they received for refugee families in the community.

Members of the 3rd and 4th Abbotsford Guides display some of the donations they received for refugee families in the community.

The Girl Guides organization is offering support for refugee families settling in Abbotsford through donations of cash and household items.

In partnership with Abbotsford Community Services (ACS), the 3rd and 4th Abbotsford Guides chose to support 22 families in the community as part of a global community service project.

There are 162 refugees currently in Abbotsford, with 100 of them being children.

Products donated to meet basic needs included kitchenware, toiletries, bedding and linens.

Local businesses also provided donations, including dental care products from Clayburn Dental and a $250 cash donation from Prospera Credit Union.

Colleen McFadden, 3rd Abbotsford Guides leader, said more activities are being planned, including a guiding night with some of the families and ongoing bottle drives with a goal to raise another $600 in donations.