In fact, they’re hosting a film screening of the holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” December 13 to welcome the new community members–and also raise money to help pay for their necessities.
Fifteen families, including 50 children, will be transported by ferry to the island in the coming weeks.
About 6,300 people live in Bute and many have been pitching in to help the new arrivals. A “skills bank” was set up for volunteers to lend talents such as teaching English, translating for the refugees, or simply befriending them.
The local council has set up a Refugee Resettlement Group that’s already made arrangements to house the Syrian families.
“I want Bute to be a place where people who come here with little more than the clothes they are standing in can feel safe and at home.” Craig Borland, editor of local paper The Buteman, wrote in a commentary.
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