Regional Syrian Refugee Blanket Drive Sets New Record

The region’s 2015 blanket and warm coat collection for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey was the most successful to date.

The efforts is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the American Turkish Friendship Association and Embrace Relief.

This year’s collection ore than tripled last year’s donations, weighing in at more 120,000 pounds—60 tons. The 2013 collection yielded 29,000 pounds of blankets, rising to just over 39,000 pounds last year.

NVRC Executive Director Mark Gibb said he was pleased to see how Northern Virginia residents and businesses helped provide humanitarian relief those who have fled their homes because of the Civil War in Syria and the violence related to ISIS in the region.

Gibb also expressed his gratitude to Paxton Van Lines and Maersk Shipping Company for again donating their services to truck and ship the coats and blankets from Norfolk to the Turkish port city of Mersin, where charity groups in the region will pick them up and distributed the items to refugee camps.

This year’s collection effort included drop-off locations stretching from Richmond to Arlington, the District of Columbia and through 13 states.


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