There’s a buzz in the air as families across Australia prepare gift boxes for children in Syria as a part of the Shoebox 4 Syria drive.

This month the Al Siraat College community was featured on SBS ONE news for the overwhelming response they received from across Victoria after advocating for this incredible initiative.

The positive media coverage on SBS featured a video of hundreds upon hundreds of gift boxes filling up the assembly hall and various school room, labelled and ready to be shipped off in a container to Syria.

The gift boxes will arrive in time for Eid putting a smile Syrian children’s faces and giving them moments of happiness amongst the rubble and the destruction that surrounds them.

Ms Noori Ahmad, the science & maths teacher who introduced the Shoebox 4 Syria campaign as a part of Al Siraat College SRC, was visibly moved by the great acts of kindness and generosity of the school community, and the wider community, towards the children of Syria.

Al Siraat College students volunteering their time outside school hours to help prepare boxes for shipping.                 

A very humbled Ms Noori explained, “I would like to say a special thank you to Shoebox4Syria drive’s Sister Khouloud and Safiya, Al Siraat College staff, parents and students; all the communities across Melbourne including the Dandenong communities who literally sent in a truck loaded with over 400 boxes last week, Islamic Playgroup and many other organisation who contributed so generously to this campaign. God bless them all.”

One parent who was equally moved by the sheer volume of boxes now waiting for shipping day, explained, “We want to send a message to the children of Syria that we are thinking of you, we are praying for you and this what is happening… it’s not your fault. You are loved and we might be on the other side of the world but you know I buy gifts for my own children for Ramadhan, they too are like my children. Of course, I will buy for them, everyone will, everyone has.”