It’ll be a 48-hour campaign starting tomorrow morning, with the goods being delivered to Gaza by coming weekend.
This is all going to be driven through the virtual community, with contributions of Jordanian bloggers and their readers, as well as Facebook, emails and just about anyone connected online. It’s the fastest way to spread the word in a short period of time.
Right now, this post is under construction, with this preliminary message designed to get you in the right frame of mind and prepared. For starters, we’ll be looking for canned goods (no meats) as well as blankets and jackets (in good condition). So start putting those things by your front door (preferably in boxes, if not, then double bagged). We are going to try and mobilize and get this off the ground as quickly as possible, as time is of the essence.
The logistics and the details are forthcoming, and will be posted on 7iber accordingly. You can also check here for updates.
Alright everyone, here are the details…
What: This will be a clothes and food drive. What we’re looking specifically for are blankets and jackets especially, which are in good condition (nothing torn or old), as well as canned goods (no canned meats). Also, avoid things that leak (oil, etc)
Date: Tuesday, December 30th
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Cozmo Center in the 7th circle area, right in front of Smart Buy electronics store.
Please try and package your donations in boxes or at least double-bag them.
We will be delivering them ourselves to the Hashemite Charity Commission, which is the only convoy allowed to cross the border this week.
Join the Facebook event and spread the word
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There is a licensed emergency protest today in Shmisani. Be there!
Location: Shmisani, Thakafa (cultural) street, i.e. the main street in the Shmisani shopping district.
Groups will also be gathering at the Radisson SAS hotel at 11am today to prepare posters and banners for the protest. So go lend a hand if you can.
Check the Facebook event for more information.
Books@Cafe is lending a hand by being a secondary drop-off point for our campaign.
So if you can’t make it to the Cozmo Center on Tuesday evening, you can drop off your goods at Books@Cafe on Rainbow Street off the First Circle, same time (6:30 to 8:30pm). I’m sure most of you know it but just in case, you can find a Google Map of it here.
Our thanks goes out to Median and Books@Cafe!
Blood Donations: If you’re looking to give blood (which is in demand right now), you can go to the places mentioned in the list below. If anyone knows of others please inform me and I’ll add them here:
– National Blood Bank branch, behind the Khaldi Hospital, just off the Fourth Circle
– University of Jordan Hospital, contact: 00962788607870
Folks, the reaction has been absolutely wild.
First: The good people Aramex are joining us to help out with the logistics tonight.
Second: Blogger Basem Aggad is helping us out as well through his company, Scooter Express. So anyone who can’t make it to either destination can call, sms or email his company and he’ll send you a scooter for a pick up. But please call him as soon as you can to arrange a pick up and please be aware that the dimensions of the scooter, while big, is around 70x70x70 so I’ve been told, so keep that in mind when arranging a pick up.
Here’s the scooter pick up information:
Third: Books@Cafe is already starting to receive a lot of goods so head on over there throughout the day if you like. Our primary location, parallel to Cozmo and Smartbuy, will be active in the times we’ve already set: 6:30pm till 8:30pm. We will aim to be there a bit earlier for those coming straight from work.
A big thank you to all the businesses who are helping out!
Dear all, we’ve been told that our first shipment of goods has arrived in Gaza today.
But we still need a lot of help in the sorting and packaging at the Aramex warehouse in Il-Qastal.
Hundreds of people have shown up in shifts throughout the past few days but we need to move as quickly as possible.
The warehouse opens at 9am.
We’re going to try and organize more meet-ups by Cozmos but it would be better if people just loaded up their cars with people and went on their own.
Directions are not that complicated and I’ll try and put a map up later.
Simply drive out on Airport road until you get to Al-Isra’ University on your left and take the right turn that takes you up on the bridge. The bridge turns left right over the airport road. You’ll see a bunch of corporate signs, so take a left turn, just like the Aramex sign says.
Keep going till you get to a small gas station on your left and take the first left turn at this small intersection.
Once you turn left keep going straight, past the speed bumps and past the railroad tracks until you see the Aramex signs on your right side that lead you directly to the warehouse.
It’s about a 15 minute drive from the seventh circle.
Please check 7iber for any more updates.
After several days of sorting and packing, our campaign has officially come to an end. A personal thanks from me goes out to every single person who took part in it, in all shapes and forms.
Aramex has just launched their own campaign and will still need help when it comes to volunteers, so please stay tuned to 7iber to find out when and how. We should be updating you with information in the next 48 hours or so.
Thanks again to everyone!
(more gratitude to follow)