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Moroccans in Ottawa plan aid for those ravaged by earthquake

The Moroccan community in Ottawa is rallying together to provide assistance to those affected by the recent earthquake in Morocco.

An Ottawa real estate agent originally from Morocco, is among those who have rented storage units to collect donations of warm clothing, blankets, tents, and other essential items. Ilham Chabi was in Morocco a few weeks ago and was on the phone with her sister when the quake struck. She is returning to Morocco to help with the relief efforts.

Donations will be accepted until September 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Dymon Storage in Barrhaven, 251 Hepatica Way in Orléans, and 201-78 Dollard des Ormeaux in Gatineau. The donations will be shipped to Marrakech and distributed to those in need by local organizations.

The most needed items include warm clothing, undergarments, clothing for kids and babies, footwear, bedding, towels, and tents. Khalid Bouazza, owner of Moroccan Market Centre, will also be donating and expresses concern for those in the mountains who may not receive help immediately.

The Ottawa community is coming together to support those impacted by the earthquake in Morocco.