Our Heroes Highlights of Volunteer Efforts from Blanket & Coat Drive '15
Over the past two years, Embrace Relief was able to send blankets and winter clothes amounting to four and six containers respectively, together with its partner organizations to aid displaced Syrians in Turkey. As the unfortunate situation in the region doesn't seem to improve soon, Embrace Relief decided to repeat its initiative again this year, with a goal of ten containers of goods in mind.
They were one of the first respondents to our call and one of our most dedicated campaigners. The team of Rocktown Rallies managed to mobilize more than ten local businesses, and eventually brought all their collections to our sponsor Paxton Van Lines’ warehouse in VA themselves.
AMACA at the USPTO
American Muslim & Arabic Cultural Association at the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) ran a campaign of one of a kind in their workplace for this year's blanket & coat drive.
Not only did they collect more than 2,000 items, but they've also purchased more than 500 new children's winter coats, 200 new blankets and hundreds of new thermal socks for Syrian refugees!
Members of the Broadway Community have participated in this year’s campaign by organizing their own drive in six famous theaters of Broadway. Set workers, designers, hairdressers have taken time out of their busy schedule within the tight calendar of Broadway shows to show their support.
A past refugee herself, Zuhra Korkutovic from Pennsylvania organized her local community and designated drop-off points in her neighborhood. What started as a small contribution effort quickly gained momentum and she collected a truckload (literally!) of items to the benefit of Syrian refugees, and even delivered them herself to our warehouse in NJ with her father and brother.
.. and her efforts got featured on Fox News.
BARAGWANATH BLESSINGS INC.
Our sister non-profit in California, Baragwanath Blessings has the mission of helping babies and children in need around the world. Founded by amazing Colette Ankenman, a student at the University of Utah, BB Inc. has been sending hand-knit baby hats, blankets and other essential children items to more than 25 countries in the world for years, and has collaborated with Embrace Relief this year to participate in the Help Syrian Refugees campaign. BB Inc has donated hundreds of blankets and hats for Syrian children!
Members of the Republican Muslim Coalition in Washington, DC have organized a big event and collected blankets and winter coats to be delivered to displaced Syrians in Turkey.
OAKTON VIRGINIA STAKE LDS
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
One of the most active campaigners of the drive, members and the volunteers of Oakton Virginia Stake LDS have collected more than 4,000 boxes of items for the campaign this year!
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE CAMPAIGNERS
Students from University of Delaware have organized their own campaign on campus to show their caring and support.
STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTry
Students from elementary to high school levels all across the US have taken part in this year's campaign under the guidance of their teachers and school executives.