Faith & Heart: Uniting to Help Syrian Refugees

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Right now, there are nearly 5 million Syrian people living in refugee camps, more than half of whom are living in Turkey. Most refugees — about 77% — are women and children, and more than 50% are children under the age of 18 years.

Syrian refugees are like you and me in many ways. They have families, hopes and dreams. Unlike us, their lives have been shattered by war. They lost their homes and fled for safety, often with just the clothes on their backs. While most of them hope for the opportunity to return home, they currently have no choice but do their best to survive in chaotic and crowded camps.

Personal hygiene is one of their top needs.

 

Children with kits for refugees

 

Recently, more than 900 volunteers gathered in NYC to help meet that need. PowrServ, a division of Heart to Heart International teamed up with Henry Schein, Inc., the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to assemble hygiene kits that will be distributed to people living in refugee camps in Turkey.

Volunteers of all ages and faiths gathered at the 69th Regiment Armory in NYC on a hot Sunday afternoon.

Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs worked side by side to assemble 7,500 kits containing basic hygiene and personal care products provided through Henry Schein Cares. The kits include soap, shampoo, toothpaste, washcloths and bandages, with additional items specific for the hygiene needs of women and girls. In the difficult conditions of refugee camps, good hygiene is an important step in staying healthy and preventing disease.

 

Assembling kits for refugees

 

We are so grateful to the contributions of corporate sponsors, Henry Schein, FedEx and BD, as this humanitarian effort would not be possible without their support. And to the 900 volunteers that came together to give back, your incredible spirit of generosity reflects the very best of the NYC faith-based community.

 

 

PowrServ and Heart to Heart International will contribute another 7,500 hygiene kits to the shipment designated for Turkey. This means more than 15,000 refugees will receive desperately needed relief.

It is a start. We can do so much more.

Learn how you can help at powerserv.org. We change lives, one simple kit at a time.

 

Kim Carroll
President, PowrServ
kim.carroll@powrserv.org

 

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