Guilderland girl ensures Ramadan ends happily for refugee children

June 19, 2017 07:14 PM

GUILDERLAND - Like most seventh grade girls, Sanari Ismail loves Amazon.  But the hundreds of boxes arriving to the 12 year old's home this past week aren't for her.

"It's good to do good deeds around Ramadan," explains Ismail.

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Sanari created an Amazon gift registry for Eid gifts - and spread the word on social media - so that 128 refugee children, aged infant to eight, from Syria, Burma, Afghanistan and The Sudan, will receive something special to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan this Sunday.

"I get gifts and love it because it's like our Christmas so I want them to celebrate like I do," believes Sanari.

It's possible the refugee kids getting the gifts have never had a toy of their own, let alone a brand new one.  The items were purchased by people from all over the Capital District - and beyond - many of whom Sanari doesn't even know.

"It's really what we need in our world right now, with all the craziness.   It's great that different people are coming together for one good."

The greatest Eid gift of all will be for Sanari, however, as she watches the kids experience the celebration and surprise she's providing them. 

"Helping others it makes me feel good about myself and I just like seeing smiles on other people's faces.  It leaves a lasting impression," adds Sanari.

Sanari posted the Amazon registry on Saturday and it was fulfilled by Thursday.  Members of the Student Interfaith Justice League Club at her middle school assisted with the project.


Abigail Bleck

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