Young Saudis help families with ‘winter warmth’ campaign

As the winter cold bites, teams of young Saudi volunteers have collected donations ranging from clothing and blankets to heating stoves. (SPA/File)
Updated 07 January 2019
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Young Saudis help families with ‘winter warmth’ campaign

  • The “winter warmth” scheme aims to support 1,000 families
  • The campaign received about half-a-million pieces of clothing last year

JEDDAH: A clothes “shop” with a difference is operating this winter in Riyadh. Families can fill their shopping cart with whatever they need to stay warm — but they pay nothing.

Teams of young Saudi volunteers have collected donations ranging from clothing and blankets to heating stoves, and carried out any repairs needed to make everything as good as new.

The “winter warmth” scheme is being run for a fifth year by the Ehtiwa' Voluntary Foundation, and aims to support 1,000 families.

“We cooperated with a charity to reach families from the cities and towns around Riyadh city because the weather is colder in those areas and more people with a lower material situation are found there,” Ashwaq Al-Nashwan, a member of Ehtiwa's board of directors, told Arab News.  

“What distinguishes our work is that the family does not get the clothes delivered to their houses. Instead, they come and fill their shopping cart with what they need.”

The campaign received about half-a-million pieces of clothing last year, and they are aiming to reach the same number this year. 

The foundation was established seven years ago, and aims to serve all classes and groups of Saudi society, strengthening social bonds.

“It carries out social, cultural and educational activities, supports programs for children, and Eid parties for foreign communities in Saudi Arabia. Our target is all the components of the community of Saudi Arabia,” Al-Nashwan said.


Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir: ‘Terrorism has no religion or race’

Updated 15 min 11 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir: ‘Terrorism has no religion or race’

  • Al-Jubeir says world stands united in solidarity with Muslims
  • Praised NZ's prime minister, government and people for the response to attack

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on Monday that the world stands united in solidarity with Muslims after the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand last week, which killed 50 people.

Taking to Twitter, Al-Jubeir also said that the incident proved that terrorism had "no religion or race."

He added: "New Zealand is a safe, peaceful and open country for all, and what the prime minister, the hovernment and the people of New Zealand have done is proof of that."

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READ MORE ARAB NEWS COVERAGE OF CHRISTCHURCH ATTACKS HERE

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His statements follow condemnation of the attacks by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The king was praised for his “strong and firm” response to Friday’s terrorist attack by Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Dr. Al-Othaimeen said: “The words of King Salman come as support for the OIC, its committees, institutions and administrations, to control and combat Islamophobia.”