I may not be able to feel my fingers as I type, but I can’t really complain. The storm raging outside the window of my fancy, heated, top-floor office has already claimed two lives, including a 7-year-old Syrian boy.
According to the UNHCR, there are more than 1.15 million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The Telegraph says that figure is equivalent to “Britain taking in 20 million asylum seekers in less than four years.” Many of those families live in tents not much sturdier than what you’d take camping at the height of summer, and people are literally freezing to death.
If you’d like to donate new or gently used jackets, sweaters, warm socks, winter shoes, hats, mittens or anything else that can fight the chill, there are several places accepting donations. It’s a good excuse to get rid of that sweater you haven’t worn since last year, and a little goes a long way.
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Basmeh and Zeitooneh
This relief and development organization is currently collecting donations headed for the Bekaa Valley. Follow them on Facebook for updates on what they’ve already received and where it’s going.
See the Facebook page here
Lebanese for Refugees
The “Campaign to Keep Them Warm” is this group’s latest project, a social media initiative to collect sweaters and other cozy knits. They’re meeting this Saturday, January 10, in Hamra to raise awareness and donations.
Sawa for Development and Aid
This organization co-hosted a massively successful clothing drive last year, and a spokesperson says, “We really need donations now more than ever because people are freezing.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Meshaal (70.183.492), sdaid.org
This project covers the Aljarrahieh Camp in Almarj Village, Alhoor in Birlias Village and Alfaida in Zahlé. They are looking for formula and diapers for the “I’m Small and Want to Grow Up” campaign, stationery and craft supplies for the community center, as well as medical supplies, food and clothing.
Deliver donations to Dar Almusawer on Rome Street in Hamra, call Somar (70.486.715) or Tareq (78.901.525), or email email@example.com
Unite Lebanon Youth Project (ULYP)
Don’t have a car and can’t face lugging a bunch of donations around in a service? No problem: this group is partnering with Uber to collect food, clothes and winter supplies. Just enter the promo code givewarmthbey on your Uber account for a free pickup until January 14. The groups is also accepting donations at their Hamra headquarters.
See the Facebook event here. Log in to Uber, deliver donations directly to Beirut Building Company Bldg, Makdessi Street, Hamra or call Tara (70.661.112)
War Child Holland in Lebanon
This organization was also involved in last year’s Beirut clothing drive, helping to collect donations from over 4,500 people.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, warchildholland.org
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