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Canada Goose Outlet For now, St Josef’s Hospital is covering all expenses, and a new site may buy canada goose jacket soon be created through crowdfunding. But the programme’s long term funding remains unclear so far, it hasn’t had any financial support from the Federal State of Bavaria. And yet the project has been a success. More than 450 refugees have received at least one counselling session, and an internal survey has Canada Goose Outlet shown that they would like more. Canada Goose Outlet

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