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Blanket Collection Begins For Syrian Refugees

© Leesburg Today - 11/03/2015

The Washington region is again collecting blankets for Syrian refugees. Now in its third year, the area-wide collection is needed even more than in the past, as Syria is engulfed by civil war and ISIL attacks.

More than 4 million Syrians have fled from their homeland to escape the escalating destruction in their country-a journey made more difficult by the approach of winter and over-population of refugee camps. Many of the camps are under-funded, leaving the refugees without access to warm clothing and shelter.

On Thursday, Nov. 5 residents of all faiths will unite for the third annual Blanket Drive for Syrian Refugees. This year, more than a dozen seventh graders from Pinnacle Academy School will present blankets they have collected to a consortium of local elected leaders. In addition to collecting blankets across the region, organizers are hoping to raise $100,000 to $250,000 to spend on blankets, coats, food items and to build a school for refugees in the southern part of Turkey.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., elected leaders, including Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova, Loudoun County Chairman Scott K. York, Embrace Relief President Osman Dulgeroglu, American Turkish Friendship Association Executive Director Vaner Kaplan and Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and Northern Virginia Regional Commission Executive Director Mark Gibb, members of Congress and local dignitaries will kick off the 2015 campaign. The event will be held at the Fairfax Government Center Press Room, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

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