9-year-old's fundraising campaign for refugees gets $10,000 boost
Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015 5:07PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 9, 2015 6:28PM EST
Yahya Shrem is now halfway to his goal.
The Cambridge boy is hoping to raise $30,000 – enough money to privately sponsor a family of Syrian refugees.
In the first week of his campaign, he raised about $5,800.
That total got a big boost on Wednesday, when a Cambridge business donated $10,000 to his cause.
“We have this big company (that) makes lots of money – why not give a donation to him so he can achieve his dreams of getting one family to Cambridge?” said Hameed Mohammed, the company’s vice-president of sales.
Shrem says he hopes to raise the rest of the money within the next two weeks.
“When I see pictures of the refugees … they’re suffering,” he said.
“Over here in Canada, we only think about ourselves and there’s no war happening.”