Aid for the Syrian refugee crisis
Organized by: Adriana Xhakli
EVENT DATE Sep 10, 2015
UPDATE: We've already over $1,400 in under 12 hours!!! Your donations have been pouring in through Venmo, PayPal, and CrowdRise. I am without words, this has truly taken my breath away. Thank you!
A few days ago I saw a photo of a three year old boy, a Syrian refugee, washed up face down on a beach in Turkey. I’ve been unable to breathe since seeing it. It’s left me feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, and paralyzed by the weight of collective failure. Honestly, I sat down to write this and I couldn’t think straight or even write coherently.
On Thursday I’m going to Istanbul with my parents for two days. Many of the Syrian refugees have ended up there and are stuck trying to survive on the street without food, clothing, or shelter. I’ve decided that I'm going to buy up a ton of jackets, socks, blankets, diapers, soap, baby formula, first aid kits, whatever else I can think of and give them out. I plan on making multiple trips back and forth to the store until my feet give out. If each of you could pitch $10 or more, it would make such a huge difference. I just can’t think of a more direct way to help.
I know many of you have big plans for Labor Day and are meeting up with friends and family over the weekend. Please circulate this, bring this up at dinner, talk about it over drinks. The more money we can raise between us and our friends and family the better. Together we can make a small difference and help someone in their worst moment.
For those who have not encountered this gut-wrenching photo, this NY Times article provides some context for the tragedy and the greater scale of suffering: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/europe/syria-boy-drowning.html