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A Note from Sherry Coughlin, Syrian Sponsorship team at Lutheran Church of the Cross:

"We did it!  Thanks to the incredible generosity of our LCC family, our friends at Congregation Emanu-El, plus members of the wider community, we have raised the initial funds needed for our sponsorship of the Syrian family currently living in Middle East Asia – and well ahead of our October 31 deadline!

We will be forwarding all funds collected by LCC before September 19 directly to ICA in the following days.  If you have pledged, but not yet made your donation, please do so by September 18.  And if this timing doesn’t work out for you, we will be continuing some fund-raising activities in the near future to help cover the high cost of living in Victoria once the family arrives.  Our next event: a pub night in October with fabulous silent auction items ready for bidding!

Thank you over and over – we couldn’t have made this happen without your support!  We continue to pray for this family and all refugees."

To read more about the family and the sponsorship process, see the previous News story: Jewish and Christian Communities in Victoria to Sponsor Muslim Syrian Family or read the Saanich News article.