Thanks to a donation drive held by the student community of the Ettihad Cultural Center, nearly one ton of gently used winter clothing is poised to make a difference in the lives of Syrian refugees in Erbil, Iraq. The clothes are packed and ready to go. Only one thing stands between the efforts of these students and their philanthropic outreach: shipping.
It costs a decent amount to send one winter coat halfway around the world. Now imagine 1,800 pounds of winter coats. To top it off, there is a certain need for expediency, as slower, cheaper shipping methods would have the clothes arriving in Iraq’s spring, when they would no longer be needed. Once the clothes arrive, the distribution will be handled efficiently by the experts of Norwegian People’s Aid, a partner with the UN Refugee Agency.
Already the group has raised $3,600 of its $4,500 goal, but in order to get these coats where they are needed, when they are needed, the Ettihad Cultural Center has turned to the community for help. By visiting their website you can donate to the cause. It is very easy to use, and the donation process takes about one minute. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated, and those contributing $20 or more will receive a handwritten thank-you letter from the Clothing Drive Committee.
To help fund shipping costs and provide warmth to refugees, visit www.gofundme.com/fyskahyk.
By Kyle Bunnell