Campaign to collect blankets for Syrians launched in the US

A large-scale campaign was initiated by Turkish nongovernmental organizations operating across the US to collect blankets for Syrian refugees.

The campaign which was first launched by American Turkish Friendship Association (ATFA) in 2012, turned into a broad project in 18 states this year.

Around 50,000 blankets and 80,000 dollars were collected in the years 2013 and 2014 in Virginia alone. A press conference was held at at the Fairfax Government Center Press Room. Northern Virginia Regional Commission Executive Director Mark Gibb stated that they will also accept coats presented by the donators in this year’s campaign. After his speech, Gibb made first coat donation. He burst into tears while presenting the coat which he kept as a memory from his son.

Coordinator of the campaign Bob Lazaro said they are very happy for the continuation of the aid project for three years and they raise their goals in the campaign each year.

Noting that condition of the Syrian refugees became worse in the Middle East and Europe, Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova said “We pay great attention to Syrian refugees. Our close relationship with Turkey is a personal matter. I am grateful for generosity and sense of responsibility of Turkish people, I find them very impressive. They do their best.”

66 charity collection centers were established in the 18 states — Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C and Wisconsin as part of the campaign. People can donate blanket and coat until December 5. The collected aid will sent to Turkey form Norfolk Port.


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