Regional Refugee Blanket Collections Enter Final Week

The deadline for donations of blankets and coats that will be sent to Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have fled the violence of their home countries is Dec. 5. Many of them are living in camps in Turkey and facing the onslaught of winter.

There are collection sites throughout Northern Virginia and in 16 states, as well as the District of Columbia. Regionally, the campaign has grown during the past three years with the support of local government leaders. Loudoun County Chairman Scott York is among the co-sponsors of the effort, which is coordinated through the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

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During the past two years more than 40,000 blankets have been sent to refugees, along with $115,000 in funds to purchase more blankets and supplies for the refugees. Both Paxton Van Lines and Maersk shipping line have donated their services to transport the blankets to the Port of Virginia and then to Turkey.

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