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Some 5 million people have fled Syria and found refuge in neighboring countries like Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, and Iraq. 6 million are displaced within Syria. -World Vision

Hi, I’m Jules Struck. What is Warm Hands? It is an initiative I (a graduated Girl Scout) started to send knitted items over to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey, etc. Many Syrians have been driven from their homes due to the violence and instability caused by the Syrian Civil War. The refugee camps outside of Syria are filled with people who have limited access to basic human needs (water, food, shelter, clothing, etc.). There are many aid organizations working in these refugee camps, but supplies are limited and there is simply not enough to go around.

Warm Hands was created as a Girl Scout Community Service Gold Award project (to learn more about the Gold Award please visit the girl scout website here).

After doing lots of research into the poor living conditions of many Syrians in refugee camps, I decided to create a collaborative of people in my community (and the entire U.S.) to help out. Many Syrian refugees are in need of even the simplest things: food, shelter, warm clothing. This project targets one aspect of their needs.

All you have to do is knit, crochet, or sew clothing, blankets, mittens, etc. for the refugees. Then, you can add a short note of encouragement and well wishes to the Syrian who will receive your knitted item (you can get guidance on the “Written Note” page here). Then, you send the item to a P.O. box in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and your work is done (see the What to Do page)! From the P.O. box, the item you have knitted will be sent with other items to the Karam Foundation, who will hand out the items to refugees, particularly children, at the Al Salam School in Reyhanli, Turkey.

Find out more about the excellent work of the Karam Foundation on their website here.

Also, this short video from NBC News features the Al Salaam School: Karam on NBC News

What sort of things should I knit/crochet/sew?

Blankets and sweaters are particularly versatile, but feel free to send anything that is warm and sturdy. There is a particular shortage of pants for growing kids in Reyhanli, so if you know how to make pants, that would be very helpful. Just remember that light colors get dirty easily.

Who is Jules Struck?

I am a junior at Dickinson College in PA, majoring in International Studies. I was a Girl Scout in Concord, Massachusetts since elementary school, which is how I started this project — as my Gold Award Community Service Project. I have since received my award, but I have not ended my project because the Syrian refugee crisis is still getting worse. This project is not simply about providing material goods to those in need, but about rebuilding the tenuous relationship between the U.S. and countries in the Middle East. Please feel free to visit my website and review my resume here. Or email me at warmhandsknit@gmail.com.

I have more questions, how do I get them answered? 

Please feel free to email me at warmhandsknit@gmail.com or leave a comment below. I will get back to you as soon as possible!

 

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