The timeline is coming to a close for the Warm Hearts group as they wait for the refugee family they are sponsoring to arrive in Pictou County.
Having spent the last four years in Turkey the family, originally from Iraq, is anxious as well and has been in contact with the group to say hello already.
“The timeline is getting close now,” said Lennie White of Warm Hearts. He and other volunteers are expecting to welcome in the family on March 20 at the Halifax airport and show them to their new home in Westville.
“It’s kind of exciting, we’re looking forward to it,” he said.
The group is just finishing preparing for the family and White said he believes that for now, they have all the needs they can foresee for the family covered. After the family arrives, the group may be looking for help from the public for specific items they might request.
White added that they are planning on a welcoming event for the family so the community can say hello after they arrive in the county. No date for the welcome event has been set yet but updates for the group can be found on their Facebook page.
Unlike the other refugee families that have made their way to the county, the Warm Hearts family are not from Syria; they are from Iraq and are Christian rather than Muslim. White share that the family they have been matched up with is an older family, unlike the other refugee families in the area, many of which have small children. The family consists of a husband and wife and their son who is in his early 20s. The husband holds an agricultural degree and the son holds a diploma in tourism and hospitality and they have some English abilities to make things a bit easier.
To continue helping the family White said that they will hold more fundraisers including a concert that is set to take place April 13 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Along with this, they are working on partnering with the multicultural association to throw events for the family.
“We’re hoping they’ll be welcomed like the other families have been,” said White.