Emergency Drive for Syrian Refugees

Emergency Drive for Syrian Refugees

October 1, 2012

Menlo College students Aleema Iqbal and Carlie Belmodis organized an emergency clothes drive to help Syrian refugees who are in need of warm clothes. During the week of September 16 through the 21, 2012, warm clothes and baby items were collected in the college dorms for donation to the Belmont Mosque. The Mosque will ship the clothes to Turkey where they will be distributed along the Turkish/Syrian border.

“It was a spur of the moment thing,” said Aleema Iqbal. “Our goal was not just to collect clothes, but to create awareness for Syria.”

There was a great response on campus. Twenty students wore shirts to promote the event; one of the resident assistants, Jace Miller, made flyers for his hall and distributed them to each room. There were also a lot of donations from day students who brought their items to a collection station in the Library.