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Skidmore Student Lends a Hand to Local Refugees

December 22, 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 in America and settle comfortably in their new home.

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

With that in mind, Issa spearheaded a winter clothing drive at Skidmore to help refugees settling in the nearby 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 and capital region to identity refugees in need.

Issa's project raised $600 in cash, which was used to purchase clothing items for children. In addition, she collected two carloads of winter clothes from collection boxes that she had placed around campus. These 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,” Issa said. “I hope everyone will continue to think of our refugees over the holidays and through the winter months.”

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