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Nonprofit that helps refugees see spike in donations after NBC12 story

Reestablish Richmond works with refugees who have relocated to Richmond. (Source: Reestablish Richmond/Facebook) Reestablish Richmond works with refugees who have relocated to Richmond. (Source: Reestablish Richmond/Facebook)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The nonprofit Reestablish Richmond has seen a significant increase in volunteers and donations following an NBC12 story with the Ghanoum family, the first and only Syrian family to be resettled in Richmond.

After the story aired in November, Reestablish Richmond received $850 in donations, which included 15-30 new donors. The group also received 80 new volunteers.

"We are really excited about the support that came into the organization following the airing of the story," said Kate Ayers, executive director of Reestablish Richmond. "We got emails, Facebook posts, newsletter responses."

They received responses from dozens of community members who wanted to donate their money and time to help the Ghanoums and other refugees in the Richmond region.

The Ghanoum family escaped the civil war in Syria, relocating to the Richmond region in June. 

"Due to the generosity of Richmond viewers we were able to fund the Ghanoums to take behind the wheel lessons and become licensed drivers," Ayers said.

All $850 donated after the original story will go to help the Ghanoum family, according to Ayers.

To donate or volunteer to Reestablish Richmond visit www.reestablishrichmond.org.

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