Tuesday, March 27, 2018 -- City of Falls Church Mayor David Tarter and other officials from Northern Virginia recently traveled to Lebanon to distribute coats and blankets to Syrian refugees. The items were donated at drop-off spots throughout Northern Virginia, including the City of Falls Church, in late 2017. The trip was sponsored by the NOVA Relief Center, which last year collected more than 40,000 blankets and 33,000 winter coats at over 100 drop-off sites throughout the region.
According to the United Nations, Lebanon has more than 1 million refugees from Syria, 70 percent of whom live below the poverty line, often in overcrowded conditions with minimal resources.
In Lebanon, the delegation visited refugee camps, schools, and relief centers and distributed donations to families in need.
“I am proud of the kindness and generosity of the residents of Falls Church,” said Mayor Tarter. “I was privileged to see the donation drive run full circle, starting with collection boxes in the City and ending with the chance to visit refugee camps in Lebanon. Their circumstances are overwhelming, and I know the donations are much appreciated.”
2017 was the fourth year that volunteers from the City of Falls Church and communities across the region mobilized to collect items for the NOVA Relief Center's Blanket and Coat Drive for Syrian Refugees.
Top four pictures: The refugee children in Lebanon enjoyed The Little City stickers, postcards, and pins Mayor Tarter handed out.
Bottom picture: The housing conditions at one of the refugee camps Mayor Tarter visited on his trip to Lebanon.