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USA: Schools, Churches and mosques collecting shoes for battered Syrian refugees


A nurse from the group of doctors and nurses who visited battered Syrian refugees in Lebanon has initiated a campaign to collect shoes for the battered refugees from Syria. “I had no idea what I was walking into,” said Lisa Haser who had started this camping. During her visit to Lebanon, she witnessed the worse condition of Syrian, refugees who had reached Lebanon after fleeing violence in their own country.

Syrian refugees

During her visit, she visited three refugee camps, “What bothered me the most was that many children and adults did not have appropriate shoes on their feet,” she said. “Some people only wore sandals, while many had nothing on their feet at all.”

After returning to the USA, Haser launched a campaign to collect shoes for Syrian refugee children and families. Since the start of her campaign, she has thus far collected about 2,000 boxed shoes. She says that majority of the donors are the Catholic schools, churches and mosques.

She further detailed that, currently, some schools and churches from Elgin area, are also taking part in her campaign and are helping her gather shoes for the cause. “These kids have to walk up the mountain to get water and they have bare feet,” a friend of Haser said. “A lot of schools are still collecting them,” Costello said. “I’m getting some churches, as well. It’s a good effort.”

The campaigner gladly revealed that the schools which are a part of this campaign are accepting new or used shoes and she hopes to receive a truckload of shoes from the schools’ officials. The shoes will then be shipped by a container to the refugee camps in Lebanon.

On other hand, the Lamplighter Church is collaborating in this campaign to collect at least 100 pairs. “We think that it’s a very worthy endeavor to be collecting shoes for children and adults in these refugee camps in Lebanon. We are expecting that our congregation responds generously as they always do when we present a need to them,” the pastor said.

Haser further says that many have pledged to participate in her campaign and she hopes to collect about 4,000 shoes. She further said that those interested in donating can sponsor sending and collecting medicine, clothing, school supplies, various other accessories and basic needs’ goods to help refugee camps in Syria and Lebanon.