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CHATTER: Business owner/former Tibetan refugee helps new refugees (Jan. 2022)

February 4th, 2022 · No Comments

From left: Phurbu’s daughter Tsering Dolkar, Phurbu Tsering, and Alana Meier. NICOLE STOFFMAN/GLEANER NEWS

Phurbu Tsering donated $2,000 worth of hats, mittens and shawls to the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre (CRWC), at 43 Christie St. on December 9th. The owner of Tibetan Paper and Handicraft at 609B Bloor St. W. did so just in time for winter, International Human Rights Day, and the 32nd anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on Dec 10, 1989. 

“Because I was a refugee, I understand the hardships they go through,” said Tsering, who came to Canada from Tibet 21 years ago. “I know this is a wonderful country, and they will be received very well.” 

Fifty hats and mittens made of Himalayan and New Zealand Wool, as well as 25 yak wool shawls, will help keep the centre’s clients warm. 

“For many families, this is their first snow,” said Alana Meier, donor relations coordinator. “this level of warmth will be really appreciated.” 

The CRWC is an emergency shelter that welcomes 300 homeless refugee claimants from war-torn countries every year.

—Nicole Stoffman/Gleaner News

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