Editors note: Former VTSU-Castleton student from Gaza Mahmoud Alyazji has lost family members and his home in Gaza. He is currently studying at the University of North Carolina, Willminghton and trying to stay in the country permanently. He recently reached out saying he was starting a GoFundMe for his family. Below is his email to Spartan Advisor David Blow. Spartan editors decided to print his plea for help.
Dear Professor Dave,
I hope this message finds you well.
Today, I reach out to you with a heavy heart and a plea for help.
As you may know, my family in the Gaza Strip has been profoundly affected by the ongoing war. The war has taken away our home and our family business, and now my family, 16 members, find themselves in a desperate situation — sleeping in a tent in extreme cold, facing starvation, unhygienic conditions, and lack of basic necessities, like water, electricity, and medicine.
I cannot stand idly by while my family endures such hardships, and that’s why I’ve decided to start a GoFundMe campaign to provide them with the support they need to rebuild their lives. I believe in the power of community, and I’m reaching out to you, my colleagues, friends, and the broader U.S. community to ask for your support.
How You Can Help:
I invite you to visit our GoFundMe page https://gofund.me/ea605552 and consider contributing to our cause. Your support, no matter how small, will make a significant impact. Together, we can provide essential relief – shelter, food, clean water, and medical assistance – and give my family the chance to rebuild.
Spread the Word:
If you’re unable to contribute financially, please consider sharing our GoFundMe link on your social media channels or forwarding this email to friends and family who might be willing to help. Your collective efforts can make a real difference.
Thank you for taking the time to read my message and for considering joining me in this mission. Your kindness and support will not only save my family’s presence but will also contribute to a future where hope prevails.
With heartfelt gratitude,