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Review for Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM), Seattle, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

What Rita Zawaideh puts her hand to, she does with panache - and a big heart. One cannot imagine the scope of this project - to get needed medical & educational supplies, household items, baby clothes, adult clothes. bedding, cosmetics, etc, etc, etc, - and then to sort, package, label, count, box, crate, deliver, and then distribute these items to those who need them the most - the refugees in Syria, in Greece, in Jordan and other places. It is S-O-M-E enterprise - all done by volunteers, including Rita herself. The hours I've seen her spend on the phone and at the computer reaching out to people all over this country for donations, contacts, where to find stuff, etc, are mind-boggling Do you know that there is a group that has been knitting baby clothes, making bibs, socks, jackets, caps, blankets, etc, just for babies? Who would think of babies, when we think of "refugees"! Also the toys, books, art supplies, games, pencils and pens, etc, for young children to enjoy - and alleviate their miserable experience as refugees. And then making sure our clothing stores know whom to contact at the end of each season for their donations ( they, in turn, get a tax break!!)
It is a STUNNING effort - all stimulated by Rita Zawaideh, with the help of her many volunteers, and donors ( who contribute their time, energy and resources to a valiant effort, by one woman with heart and courage). BRAVO, Rita! Our hats off to you and to your volunteers for caring so much about the less fortunate.
With deep admiration for you, and all those dedicated volunteers and donors, who help make this happen, Sincerely, Huda Giddens

Role:  General Member of the Public