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AUS students buy 400 blankets for Syrian refugees in Jordan
The week-long Warm Hearts Campaign at AUS concluded on Sunday, December 29, and students used the funds raised to buy 400 blankets for Syrian refugees in Jordan. The blankets were sent to the Executive Office of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qassimi, which will be delivering them to the refugees.
Warm Hearts is a campaign organized by the Office of Student Affairs, as part of the popular Big Heart campaign, which was launched by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher, to provide warmth for the Syrian refugees in Jordan. Warm Hearts was launched at the AUS Student Center where volunteers from the Syrian Cultural Club and Community Services Department at AUS collected donations from other students and bought 400 blankets with the money they raised.
Student volunteers were enthusiastic about this event and eager to help the Syrian refugees in Jordan. Hanan Kharab, an international studies major who participated in the event said, "As a Syrian, I feel it is my duty to help my community back home who have been living in this conflict for a few years now. A lot of kids and a lot of innocent people who have nothing to do with the issue are dying of cold, literally freezing to death. Although this is a simple event, it will aid them in a lot of ways, and they will be very thankful. I hope to be able to put smiles on kids' faces in the refugee camps and I hope I will able to contribute to their warmth in this cold winter."
"We have launched this campaign on campus to support Syrian refugees who are facing challenges of a harsh winter in refugee camps. We are very thankful to all kind-hearted AUS community members who contributed to the success of this campaign," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. "From the proceeds, more than 400 blankets were turned over to the Executive Office of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qassimi, Sharjah Supreme Council for Family Affairs, for shipping to refugee camps. I would like to especially thank our student volunteers and the Syrian Cultural Club for their efforts during the week-long donation drive," she added.