Canada is welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees, and it will take until 2016 for this process to be complete. But mothers and their children have already begun their entry into the Great White North, with heartwarming welcomes at the airport from prime minister Justin Trudeau.
It’s happening, but this isn’t an “easy” transition. These families have fled unsafe living conditions, and are entering a place that is foreign to them. It’d be challenging for anyone.
To alleviate some of the anxiety, Ikea Canada has stepped in with a promise to donate up to $180,000 worth of furniture. That’s a lot of Ektorp sofas, to be honest. The program is called the Refugee Settlement Support program, and in order to qualify, charities are being asked to apply online.
In order to be eligible for a donation, there are some conditions. Applications must:
- Be submitted by a registered charity in Canada with a mandate to support the settlement of newcomers to Canada
- Support a family or household within a one-hour drive time of the IKEA unit to which the request is directed
- Not exceed $5,000 retail value of IKEA products per family or household to support basic household needs
- Be submitted through the application process by March 31, 2016
If each request was for $5,000, it would help furnish 36 family homes. But given that $5,000 goes a really long way at IKEA, it is bound to help many, many more people. Pretty cool, IKEA. Pretty cool.