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Group helps Syrian refugees

An organization called Rexburg Relief is working to raise funds for Syrian refugees.

The community along with students from BYU Idaho held a fundraiser last Saturday at Adams Elementary.

They raised close to $2,400 and filled 50 bags of donated used goods.

Rexburg Relief volunteer, Tricia Galer, explains why they wanted to help Syrians,”Maybe anti-Muslim sentiment and rhetoric we were hearing from different politicians and feeling that we needed to stand up for what we felt was right and protect our brothers and sisters wherever they might be.”

Executive Director of Utah Refugee Center, Debs Coffey said, they appreciate all the donations given by the community. And that the U.S. is a melting pot of people.

“Our country always has been founded on freedom and opportunity for each and every one of us to have those things is such a great benefit and blessing in our life. Not all people have bad intentions,” said Coffey.

The money raised will go to the congregation Beth Shalom a synagogue in Bozeman, Montana.

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