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Old Ottawa South Community Association

Raising Funds for Refugees One Purse at a Time

Raising Funds for Refugees One Purse at a Time

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On a recent bright Sunday, the dining room of a grand Old Ottawa South home had been transformed into a mini marketplace with purses atop china cabinets, tables lined with baskets of bangles and scarves and more wares hanging off door frames and wine racks. In the hallway, colourful scarves ran up the banister.

The reason for the makeover? The New to You Jewellery, Purse and Scarf Sale, one of the latest fundraising efforts of the Ottawa South Refugee Committee.

“I’m on the hunt for five scarves,” says one shopper, as women crowded the room, filling it with warm chatter as they sorted through the gently used treasures. There were good deals to be had too with scarves, jewellery and belts going for two for $5 or five for $10, and purses being sold at $10 or three for $25.

“I love doing events in my house and I wanted to support the refugee committee,” said Linda Hancock, the host and force behind the sale, as she greeted shoppers from her front porch. “I thought, what could I do to help the refugee committee? We all have jewellery and purses and scarves to pass on, and it works with the reduce, reuse, recycle ethos too.”

With the success of this event ($1,400 was raised!) the New to You Jewellery, Purse and Scarf Sale is now set for a return engagement: Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm at 32 Cameron Avenue. Mark your calendars! To donate any gently used purses, scarves, belts and jewellery or to find out more, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Families Making Ottawa a New Home

The funds from these events will be going to support a widowed Syrian doctor and his two children who arrived in March 2019 and are currently settling into life in Canada with the help of the Ottawa South Refugee Committee, with the support of both Trinity Anglican Church and the Ottawa Mennonite Church. The Committee has also just concluded a year-long sponsorship of a widowed Syrian refugee, her widowed mother, and her two teenage sons. All are doing well. The Ottawa South Refugee Committee and Trinity Anglican Church are sponsoring three more refugee families, expected in the near future. So the need for donations remain high.

Get Involved

The Ottawa South Refugee Committee is always looking for volunteers or fresh ideas for fundraising. If you want to get involved or want more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tax-deductible donations can also be made at anytime to Trinity Anglican Church (the sponsoring body), with “Refugee Sponsorship” written on the cheque’s memo line. They can be mailed to Trinity Anglican Church, 1230 Bank Street, Ottawa ON K1S 3Y3, or hand delivered to the church. Trinity’s office hours are Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.

Karan Smith is a resident of Old Ottawa South.

Originally published in the June 2019 OSCAR.


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