Over 1100 Syrian refugees are expected to arrive in Waterloo Region in the coming weeks.

Kitchener mayor Berry Verbanovic says the region is working to make sure they’ll be ready for the refugees when they arrive.

“We've got a comprehensive community plan that's being developed that involves all seven municipalities, our regional government as well as many community and social service organizations,” he told CTV News.

Several community groups are joining forces to gather clothing and household items to help refugees feel welcome. The African Family Revival Organization has organized a three day clothing drive. On Saturday volunteers came together to sort through clothing and other donations.

“These are families who have left their countries due to war and they’re coming to Canada; they have nothing. They have no money, no clothes, nothing. So when they come here we want them to feel welcomed,” said Fadhwa Yusuf with AFRO.

Yusuf says donations of winter clothing are especially needed.

The drive began on Saturday. Donations are being accepted on Monday and Tuesday as well.