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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Supervisors hosting blanket drive for Syrian refugees

Children in a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey. [Photo from Bob Lazaro's blog]

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is hosting a blanket drive for Syrian refugees in Turkey. The goal is to fill a shipping container with blankets that will be delivered to Turkey. A local relief agency will distribute them to refugee families in time for winter weather. 

New or clean, gently used blankets can be dropped off no later than Dec. 7 at the offices of all of the BoS members, including Mason Supervisor Penny Gross’ office in the Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 

This project came about as a result of Fairfax County’s Sisterhood relationship with the City of Keçiören in Ankara, Turkey. A delegation from Northern Virginia visited Turkey recently as part of a cultural exchange organized by the American Turkish Friendship Association. Their itinerary included the Adana refugee camp, which houses 12,000 refugees. including 7,000 children. 

Among the participants were Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro and Northern Virginia Regional Commission Director Mark Gibb, who organized the blanket drive when they got home.

1 comment:

  1. More than 18,000 blankets, weighing over 29,000 pounds were collected, and are being distributed to Syrian refugee families in Turkey.