Toy drive for refugee exceeds expectations

Coordinator carries on her late sister’s legacy

Children write notes as gift toys are prepared for Syrian refugee children in Amman recently. (Photo: Mahmoud Sharaf/ Jordan News)
Children write notes as gift toys are prepared for Syrian refugee children in Amman recently. (Photo: Mahmoud Sharaf/ Jordan News)
AMMAN — A  toy drive for refugee children in Irbid brought even more donations than expected. 

“We were expecting to give 100 gifts, but this year we received enough donations to buy 150 toys,” Yasmeen Asfour, coordinator for the Little Volunteer organization in the 100 Wishes campaign, told Jordan News.اضافة اعلان

Asfour is continuing the legacy of her late sister Zeina by teaching children the value of giving and helping the less fortunate in society. She hopes to encourage children to be active in their community. Zeina, who founded the initiative, passed away in early April this year. 

The Little Volunteer’s “100 Wishes” campaign aims to spread joy to refugee children in Al-Husn refugee camp in Irbid buy giving them toys for Eid Al-Fitrr after receiving a wish list with the names of one hundred children from Um Omar, an official in Al-Husn refugee camp. 

According to UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, Al-Husn camp hosts 12,500 Palestinian refugees and displaced people, 23 percent of whom are living under the national poverty line.  

Organizers of the initiative launched a donation campaign on all social media platforms, aiming to raise enough money to buy 100 toys for 100 children. They were pleasantly surprised that they raised enough to buy 150 toys for children between the ages of 3 and 16 from Toys & Toys store near seventh circle. 

Asfour told Jordan News that “the donations were enough to buy 45 bicycles and tablets for distant learning.”
“I am absolutely thrilled, because this is our biggest donation since we started this initiative two years ago. My sister Zeina would have been proud, this is her vision,” she said.

The parents who donated to Little Volunteer came to the Toys & Toys store with their children along with Little Volunteer to wrap the presents and put small cards with their names and the names of the kids who will receive these toys. 

Rasha Khalifa, a parent participating in the 100 Wishes campaign along with her child, said in remarks to Jordan News, “I am glad to partake in this activity. This is a great opportunity to our children to learn what it’s like to be charitable and to be positive participants in society.”

Members of Little Volunteer expressed their enthusiasm for being a part of the 100 Wish initiative. Ahlam Sa’id, 23, said “Being part of Little Volunteer taught me how we can put so much love into giving and that each one of us has a role towards other people, our community, and our environment.”

When asked about Zeina Asfour, she said “I am glad and honored to join Yaseen in this campaign, so we can continue Zeina’s legacy and forever we will be inspired by her.”

The presents are expected to be delivered to the camp right before Eid Al-Fitr.

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