My first thought when the Facebook page for the 2015 #Staches4Syria went up was that I wanted in, just like I wanted for every one TeamMN_UPDATEDof the past campaigns. However, this time, I had a group of people around me that would support a campaign like this, and I took the chance.

Let me tell you a little bit about my community. We have our problems, but the things we are proud of most are the hearts we bear. You just need to find the right way to mobilize us. So for the first time, I had four guys willing to donate their time, their money and their dignity to raise funds. They had the key to our success: they kept in their hearts the intention of doing this for the sake of Allah, for the kids who had no one else. After that, everything came naturally. It was easier to leave our comfort zones and call people for donations, ask people to share the link to the fundraiser, and even do crazy dares like jump into frozen lakes.

Alhamdulillah [All praise due to God], we raised enough to help thousands of kids stay warm and go to school this winter. But Team Minnesnowta didn’t raise it alone. This wasn’t our fundraiser: this was a team effort. If we hadn’t been working together behind the scenes, all of us, I doubt #Staches4Syria would have been half as successful. If you join next year, know that you’re joining a beautiful, supporting community of activists. Do the hard work, allow yourself to be more busy than you even are during finals, and let the beautiful plans unfold! Most importantly, make the effort to thank every person who participated: those who shared your posts, those who convinced their friends to help, those who donated and those who worked hard from behind the scenes to make the world a better place.

By: Nora Nashawaty