Over the last several weeks, Virginia International University students, faculty, and staff collected over 800 blankets, comforters, and other linens to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey. Last year, a group of local community leaders and organizations organized this blanket drive for refugees after visiting refugee campus in Turkey. Their effort resulted in the collection of 18,000 blankets which were then delivered to the refugee camps in Turkey and helped keep countless families warm through the harsh winter. Recognizing this extraordinary achievement, VIU’s School of Public & International Affairs (SPIA) honored the drive organizers and pledged to be a partner in the 2014 drive.
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