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Volunteers of All Faiths Team to Help Syrian Refugees

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Hands On Help for Refugees an Ocean Away

Bearing black turbans, gold crosses, gray Catholic Charities t-shirts or no religious insignias at all, nearly 800 volunteers from all faiths or none banded together on Sunday, June 26, at the New York Armory to provide hands on support for struggling Syrian refugees.

Until now, news releases showing drowned children and starving Syrians turned back at borders left many Americans feeling powerless to help.  So Catholic Charities teamed with the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, JDC and Heart to Heart International to harness volunteers and answer refugees’ urgent need for humanitarian supplies.

Children, adults and families worked side by side to assemble more than 7,500 emergency hygiene kits to be distributed to Syrian refugees. These kits, built from more than $100,000 in donated supplies, contain toiletries needed to maintain basic hygiene and prevent the continuing threat of disease. Participants also assembled kits designed specifically for women, an especially vulnerable population during times of crisis.

Next up?  The kits will be shipped directly from NYC to Istanbul thanks to a partnership with FedEx.  From there a local NGO will transport and distribute them to desperate refugees. 

“People keep saying ‘what can I do?’” says Catholic Charities Volunteer Director Staci-Jo Bruce.  “Here people of all faiths worked together closely with the common goal of answering that.”

Missed our Multifaith Volunteer Day to Support Syrian Refugees and want to help out?  Here at Catholic Charities we have dozens of volunteer opportunities to choose from - and we’re certain to have the perfect outlet for you.

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