BENEFITING: US Association for UNHCR
Shannon De Leon
As I rocked my youngest daughter the past few nights I simply can’t ignore the ache I feel when I think of the Syrian children, men and women whose lives have changed so drastically in the past few years. Mothers rocking their own children in makeshift homes, tents, abandoned buildings, beneath train stations. People who have fled from a horror I cannot truly fathom into the unknown and uncertainty of being a refugee in another country. I can’t lie, it makes me want to pull back into my own chaotic life where I try and make a positive impact on those in my own community but can shut out the images and horror of it all. Sometimes though, the need is so big, so large, I can’t lose myself in my own world. The Syrian refugee is just that, it is too massive an issue not to touch us, make us look within ourselves and ask what we would want others to do for us if roles were reversed. My discomfort with asking for financial donations is nothing compared to what millions of people are experiencing right now. So, in addition to making a contribution, I started an online donation page and I am sending it out to my world of people. I bet some of you are just like me, possibly already contributed, or give regularly to other charities, volunteer, work in your communities. I am asking you to give more. I am asking you to act. If you have been moved by the photos, the stories but have not taken the time yet to donate, please do. One person can make an impact, a group of people can make a much larger impact. Give whatever you can. The donations go directly to UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency.