During the month of November 2014, DynCorp International team members in McLean, Va., collected new or gently used blankets to support the Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s blanket drive to benefit Syrian refugees living in Turkey. DI team members donated dozens of blankets and monetary donations throughout the month to support the drive.
Syrian Blanket Drive
The first blanket drive was held in 2013, organized by the American Turkish Friendship Association and its partners after an intercultural study trip to Turkey. They were given an opportunity to visit a Syrian refugee camp and asked how they could help. Some of the refugees explained their need for blankets during the cold winter months so the group worked to gather thousands of blankets, as well as monetary donations.
Funds raised during the American Turkish Friendship Association’s Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner also benefitted the drive.
Syrian Refugees in Turkey
According to the UN Refugee Agency, the Government of Turkey estimates the total number of Syrian Refugees in Turkey to be more than 1.6 million people. Syrians have fled to Turkey since the beginning of the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic in 2011. Approximately half of the refugees are children under the age of 18.