Students gather blankets for Syrians A boy tries to warm up on a beach with a blanket provided by volunteers. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios/Thinkstock)
Students gather blankets for Syrians
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Two Vermont students have made it their mission to help Syrians who remain in the war-torn country.
 
South Burlington High School students Lena Ginawi and Kiran Waqar are rounding up blankets. They plan to send the blankets to Syria to help the people still there.
 
Vermont Public Radio reports that Ginawi and Waqar are first-generation immigrants to the U.S. Their parents are from Egypt and Pakistan.
 
In addition to helping the Syrians, the girls, who are Muslim, wanted to combat some of the fear they've seen toward Muslims in general.  It has come as a result of attacks by some Islamic extremists, Ginawi said.
 
"(We're) showing that Muslims aren't actually part of this ISIS group.  And that we are actually trying to help," she said.  ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State group.
 
When Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont heard about their efforts, his office contacted businesses for help. He announced that a number of ski resorts and businesses have pledged support.
 
"Lena and Kiran are showing that the most powerful way to combat hatred and bigotry is with compassion," said Shumlin.  He has said Vermont should welcome Syrian refugees who have been thoroughly reviewed before being allowed to settle in the United States.
 
"Both are truly admirable young people. And we are so lucky to call them Vermonters," he said.
 
The students are working with NuDay Syria. It's a New Hampshire-based group.  It is focused on humanitarian aid within Syria and in bordering areas.

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The climate in Syria is dry and hot, and winters are mild, so why do people there need blankets?
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COMMENTS (54)
  • samanthas-1-ste
    1/12/2016 - 01:29 p.m.

    The blankets arent just an object that supplies warmth. The blankets are almost like an emotional attachment to help the refugees and show that we do care.

  • christianc-ver
    1/12/2016 - 01:35 p.m.

    i THINK PEOPLE NEED BLANKETS BECAUSE AT NIGHT IT GETS COLD AND MAYBE THEY NEED TO WRAP THERE BELONGINGS IN A BLANKET WHEN THEY TRAVEL

  • dashiellg-3-bar
    1/12/2016 - 06:38 p.m.

    The Syrian's don't really need blankets but the people from Vermont are offering a kind gesture to show their support that they know that most Syrians are not part of Isis. I thought this article was interesting because it is very kind of the people from Vermont to send an item that can't be owned by some people that live in other countries to a continent across seas.

  • autianae-ste
    1/12/2016 - 07:10 p.m.

    Besides hatred and misjudgments made by Americans about Syrians, the act of compassion really shows that people care. Not all people support the events taking place and those that were in need are probably grateful for the people who do care.

  • michelleo-612-
    1/12/2016 - 07:36 p.m.

    They need blankets because if you see in the picture it shows that the boy is using a blanket to warm up on a beach.They night need it to hide from bad people there too so they can't see their faces.

  • sandras-wil
    1/13/2016 - 11:17 a.m.

    Syria is dry and hot, and winters are mild. Blankets are needed because the temperature will probably drop at night. Also, the blankets can be used as materials to make clothes or make shield from the sun.

  • sergios-wil
    1/13/2016 - 11:20 a.m.

    I am grateful we have people out there trying to help the refuges,despite being afriad about"isis". I think this should be a world problem and have many people to help them.

  • wendyg1-wil
    1/13/2016 - 11:28 a.m.

    People in Syria still have the necessity to have blankets because even at nights it might get a bit chilly during the night or during the winter season.This story was very interesting and it taught me something new today.

  • leslied1-wil
    1/13/2016 - 11:28 a.m.

    People do need the blankets anyways. The winters is still going to be cold. In Syria is hot and cold. The plan is to send blankets to Syria to help the people still there.

  • cesars1-wil
    1/13/2016 - 11:33 a.m.

    The students there try to send the blankets to Syria to help the people that are still there. Syria is dry and hot but when the winter comes it is very mild and there they will need the blankets. The girls who are Muslims wanted to combat some of the fear they've seen toward Muslims.

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