The story of the Saskatchewan Blankets began at Eigenheim Mennonite Church as well as in the homes and churches of many others. Here fabric and fill was cut, layered, tied, and sewn to provide warmth half a world away.
These supporters of the Mennonite Central Committee learned that due to the war in Syria, many families were displaced. In fact, one third of the people of Syria have fled their homes.
Many arrive in neighbouring countries - Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq - yet with few suitcases and no household supplies.
After completing 30 blankets the women sent them to MCC in Saskatoon. There they were packed into 2 bales and joined 148 other bales (2380 blankets) 85 cartons (1275 singles) of hygiene kitcs and 153 relief buckets to make one container of Material Aid. The shipment was efficiently packed by another crew of volunteers at MCC Saskatchewan.
Many volunteer hours were also involved in getting this special cargo into a ship's hold and delivered to the port in Aqaba, Jordan.
Here is a thank you letter from a worker in Lebanon, who helped to distribute these things: Thanks from Syria
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