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Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Wave Of Giving For Refugee Relief?

The crisis in Aleppo calls for a massive outpouring of aid
Some fifty community members of diverse faiths, ethnic groups and nationalities met together in sub freezing weather at the Court Square in Harrisonburg recently. We were together to stand in solidarity with those suffering in the cold and hunger in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria and the Middle East.

That's the easy part.

While the present situation there may be beyond our ability to comprehend, it's not beyond our ability to respond to with an outpouring of compassion. We need to pray for them, yes, but then give as though our neighbors' lives depended on it.

Here are just a few of the reputable organizations through which we can offer generous help:

Mennonite Central Committee: https://mcc.org/learn/more/syria-iraq-crisis-response
(You can also contribute to MCC by clicking on the "Make a Donation" link at the bottom of the Virginia Relief Sale website http://vareliefsale.com/)

Oxfam International: https://www.oxfamamerica.org/donate/see-me/?gclid=CPjHwun5-dACFYiPswodFlQPXQ

International Rescue Committee:  https://help.rescue.org/donate/syria-crisis?ms=ad_refg_ppc_rw15_jc_150904&gclid=CKO15ZX6-dACFdhMDQodGLkP2A

Islamic Relief, USA: http://irusa.org/syria/?gclid=CI6ghcT6-dACFZtMDQodSbkJAA

Here's a link to a facebook page with a video of some of last night's gathering:
https://www.facebook.com/zaherzuhour

Check out this guide to giving to Middle East relief aid: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1523

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