There's a fine line between being informed with what is going on around the world and feeling overwhelmed by all the disheartening stories, and it's not always easy to keep yourself from crossing it. By now, most of us are aware of the Syrian civil war and the impact this crisis is having. News images depict the lives that have been destroyed without thought, the countless innocent civilians caught in the crossfire and now, the cold, bitter winter. No matter the reasons this is occurring, the fact of the matter is that there are people suffering as a result. Families and innocent children are torn apart, forced to leave their homes to neighboring countries, where they are not always welcome. Millions of Syrians have been forced to flee their homeland and register as refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. What is even more alarming is that more than 50% of these refugees are children!
Earlier this week, I watched a short clip [http://youtu.be/nahYZG6Rp9g ] of a baby found frozen to death in Syria. I was devastated. Unfortunately, this is the awful reality of what is currently happening. I cannot bear to simply stand and feel helpless as they suffer. I intend to help in assisting these displaced Syrians in anyway I can, but I will need your support. I hope to raise funds for this cause and every cent that is donated will go to the Syrians that are in dire need, of that you can be certain. Mother Teresa once said, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast stones across waters to create ripples." While I know this is the least I can do, doing even something small is better than doing nothing at all. I intend to present any amount I raise to UNICEF USA and Islamic Relief USA. Both organizations will place this money towards the emergency relief efforts it provides.
We have so much to be thankful for and yet; we (and I speak for myself first and foremost) take it all for granted. We are truly blessed. Would we really be able to live as they are? Their only wish is to live to see another day. With your support, we can make a difference. Let us do the least we possibly can and try to give them some relief from the horrors they are constantly facing. If you are unable to support financially, I would sincerely appreciate you simply spreading the word. No amount is too small!
My goal is to reach $3,000 by Monday, January 20th. If you are planning to donate, please do so now so that we meet the deadline.
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