BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—This Valentine’s Day, the Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation hopes to spread love and warmth to Syrian refugees living in Jordan—and to nearby people in need.
As part of its “#WarmOurWorld” campaign, the WMU Foundation is asking individuals for a $25 donation to supply a blanket to a refugee family. They are also encouraging people to donate blankets in their communities to help meet local needs.
“We want to do everything we can to meet the physical and spiritual needs of refugees in Jordan, but we also can’t forget about those in our backyard,” said David George, president of the WMU Foundation. “There have been many cold nights in Birmingham this winter, and we want to make sure no family is without warmth.”
The WMU Foundation is working in partnership with Arab Woman Today, a Christian ministry in Jordan.
“We’ve had three snowstorms in Jordan this season. It’s been very cold,” said Ruba Abbassi, founder and director of Arab Woman Today. “Because of the increase in the number of refugees from Syria, we are seeing many families who are not being taken care of and have nowhere to turn.”
A $25 gift to the WMU Foundation’s AWT Fund will provide a blanket to a refugee family and also will help Arab Woman Today meet spiritual needs in Jordan.
The WMU Foundation also is asking people to donate new blankets to a local ministry or homeless shelter.
“Whether it’s a blanket given to a refugee or to someone in need in your community, it’s a small way to show the love of Christ,” George said. “It’s also a fun and affordable way to involve your family in local and international missions.”
The WMU Foundation is encouraging people to make their blanket donations by Valentine’s Day, so they can be used while it is still cold outside. A tax-deductible donation of $25 can be made online here or by mailing a check to the WMU Foundation at 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242.
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To serve the Birmingham area, the WMU Foundation is collecting blankets at its office until Feb. 12. The donated blankets will be given to The WellHouse, a Birmingham-based shelter for victims of human trafficking.