Skidmore Student Lends a Hand to Local Refugees

Skidmore Student Lends a Hand to Local Refugees

December 21, 2016

When Rula Issa ‘17 came to the United States in 1998 seeking refuge from the conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she was warmly welcomed by Americans who sought to help her and her family assimilate to America and settle comfortably in their new home.

Recently, Rula perceived that xenophobic attitudes toward refugees have been strengthening around the world and she yearned to give back to others the kindness shown to her and her family when they needed support.

With that in mind, Rula spearheaded a winter clothing drive at Skidmore to help refugees settling in the Capital District.  After consulting with Parker Diggory, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, she decided to partner with the Muslim Soup Kitchen Project and local mosques in the Albany area to identity fellow refugees in need.

Rula’s project raised $600, which was used to purchase clothing items for children. In addition, she collected two additional carloads of winter clothes that people placed in the collection boxes that she placed around campus. The items were taken to the Al-Hidaya Mosque for distribution throughout the Capital District.

“I am thankful to all the people who gave so generously and offered their support,” Rula said. “I hope everyone will continue to think of our refugees over the holidays and through the winter months.”

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