Archive for September, 2015

Wool-Aid Supports Children in Syria

Wool-Aid is partnering with Syria Relief (UK) to support Syrian children who have been displaced within their own country by the conflict. There are over 12.2 million Syrians in desperate need of humanitarian aid, with over 5.1 million of these being children. About 7.6 million people have been displaced within Syria by the conflict. Syrian Relief provides care and support to these vulnerable children in hopes of curbing mass migration to refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

Syria Relief sends relief containers to Turkey, where they are taken to the Turkish/Syrian border and undergo standard freight and customs inspections before they are met by ground teams inside Syria and taken to warehouses for distribution. Syria Relief is able to reach areas that most others can’t. More often than not, these are the places with the most desperate needs.

Wool-Aid is focusing on warm woolen clothing — especially hats, mittens, and vests — for children age 9 to 12. Balaclava-style hoods/hats are especially welcome. We will also send clothing for other age groups, including clothing and blankets for infants and toddlers. Please see Wool-Aid Guidelines for more information. Shipments and distribution are managed year-round, so items sent to Wool-Aid will be sent to Syria Relief regularly, either for immediate distribution or to be stored until needed.

Mindful that Syria is a country at war, we will avoid sending items in camouflage or red colorways; representational images of people and animals are not appropriate for distribution within Syria.

Wool-Aid Helps Children in Alaska

Wool-Aid is working with a small school district in Alaska that serves a group of seven very remote villages on the Yukon River in central Alaska. The winters are extremely cold there, dipping to –60 degrees on some days! Snows begin at the end of October and continue through April.

We are being asked to help about 50 students who are in pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade. These are children 4 to 7 years old who need our warm woolens to keep them warm when they are playing outside at school.

Wool-Aid will be sending hats, mittens, and socks in all colors — especially bright ones!