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Send Letters of Hope to Syrian Refugees




The date was September 11, 2001, and my son who was less than a year old and myself were heading into the city to go to the NYC Health Department. What started out as a very normal day didn't end up quite that way. I can still remember it as if it was yesterday, and the horrors that I saw left scars in my mind and has made me see the world a lot differently than I did on September 10th. There was now a fear of the unknown, a fear of strangers and of people who are different than me. However, as the years went on I've come to the realization that while there may be evil in the world, not everyone is evil and we're all humans with humanity. That humanity has led me to care for those who are less fortunate than I am. Those such as the refugees who are going through their own struggles and while I may think that my life may be rough at times, there are those who are going through a much more difficult time. I have a roof over my head, I have designer clothes in my closet and shoes on my feet. Food in abundance to eat and money to spend, and I take quite a lot for granted. However the one thing that these refugees have is HOPE. Hope "the conviction of things not seen" means that even though you haven't seen the results, you believe with all your heart that things are going to get better. It's also the one thing that has kept me going. Knowing that things are going to get better.

Photo Credit: CARE
When, a few months ago the Syrian refugees started leaving their homeland, the first thing I thought about at the time was "how could they leave their home and go to a strange land?". I couldn't possibly imagine just picking up and leaving my home, but then I am not facing the situations that they are. I also knew that going to strange land where you know no-one and don't speak the language couldn't possibly be easy for them. They were going into an unknown, but, once again they had HOPE! They also had people who cared, people who reached out sending their own Letters of Hope to the Syrian children. Who were these people? They were once also refugees themselves giving them a glimmer of HOPE. Just take a look at the emotional video below.


I took a look at the video and the tears started flowing. How could I help? How can YOU help? Well thanks to CARE, they have reached over 2 million Syrians with humanitarian relief, from food baskets and grocery debit cards to emergency shelter and hygiene kits. You, too, can send a heartfelt message of hope and solidarity, no matter where you live. I was able to send my own letter giving them something to look forward to. Here's an excerpt from my own letter.
"I can't begin to imagine what you're going through. I don't know what it is like to be displaced from my own home and to be away from friends and family and everything that I love and hold dear. However I want you to know that there are people who care about you. People who are willing to give a helping hand to see that you make it through your most difficult of times. I want you to keep the faith and remember that you are loved."
Photo Credit: CARE
You can also make a donation. A donation of any amount will help, however a donation of $35 will help a family with a hygiene kit. $70 is an entire month's worth of food, while giving a $114 food voucher will allow the family to purchase basic need items. You can also donate $300 to go towards agriculture and livestock support.

So I implore you to help out in any way that you can. Send that letter of hope, make that donation or share this story. Let them know that you care!

Here are the ways you can connect with CARE:



Annmarie John
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  1. I love that there are people out there who are willing to help these individuals. They've had it rough. It's good to know there's something we can do to offer these refugees hope.

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    1. They really have and I'm glad that CARE decided to join in to help.

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  2. I always thought I would get a job with meaning that offers opportunities to make a difference... now I'm a stay-at-home mom with a whole bunch of small kids, so I do have a job with meaning that makes a difference, but not on a scale that I imagined. Thank you for bringing awareness to the plight of Syrian refugees... It doesn't take much to help, like you said, even just a letter can strengthen someone's spirits.

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    1. It really can and sometimes that's all someone needs, a word or two of encouragement letting them know that they are being thought of.

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  3. I love CARE and everything they do. I follow them closely.
    I remember 9-11 like it was yesterday. I too, was near the towers.

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    1. Oh no, that was one of the most horrible day for me. It's one of the reason I hate when that date comes around, I can still them if I close my eyes. :( I'm a huge fan of CARE as well.

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  4. Thank you for sharing how I can help! Writing words of encouragement for them. What you wrote is perfect and offers HOPE!

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel and I hope you write your letter giving them some HOPE.

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  5. Thank you for this letter, this post and also tying it into the afar a lot of people have after 9-11. It's so easy to succumb to fear and treat everyone as if they are a danger, but hat is not the way we are supposed to live. This might be a little project I do with my kids. We have been talking about being humble and kind and this would be a great way to show and teach the #stayhumbleandkind movement.

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    1. Thank you so much Heather. A lot of people refuse to help because of that same fear after 9/11 and we all fear to realize that not everyone is the same.

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  6. I wish I could help them all! I love how you wrote this post to share this topic and spread the word... I'm sure people will be donating just because of you and this touching post! great job and thanks!

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    1. And you can help Eloise, just writing a letter giving them some HOPE is all that they ask for.

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  7. This is a cause that I will support and promote - you can count on that. I admire people and organizations who step up when needed. I wish CARE a huge success and I hope that they could replicate this in other countries and/or situation in dire need of assistance.

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    1. Thank you so very much RUSS and I appreciate your kind words.

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  8. I like this idea of sending a letter of hope to the refugees. I for one was deeply affected when I saw kids and elderly suffering because they have nowhere to go. Some of them died in the attempt of attempting their dangerous country. I pray that they will soon find peace and comfort.

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    1. I pray for the same thing too. I couldn't imagine what they are going through and what a lot of people don't realize that the same can happen to us at any time. They are not alone!

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  9. Oh wow I had no idea you could do something like this, I am totally heading over to their website now to have a good look! x

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah. Sending a letter of HOPE is all that they're asking for but if you can find it within your heart to donate anything, even £1 it will help them greatly.

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  10. I still remember 9/11 like it was yesterday. Oh how fear gripped the entire USA and since then things have never been the same. It's why people aren't keen on helping but we have to realize that not everyone is the same and everyone deserves a chance to be happy with life. I'll be sure to write a letter of hope for them. Thanks for this post.

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    1. You're very welcome Adrienne and thank you for writing your very own letter. I'm sure they'd appreciate it immensely.

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  11. This is so wonderful to see so many people doing good! Much better than the news!

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    1. It really is. I very rarely look at the news anymore because of all the bad that's been happening in the world. It's good to see some good being done.

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  12. What a wonderful program. I think it is so important to show and spread kindness to others. Letting them know there are peoe who care can make all the difference.

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    1. And I agree with you completely on that.

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  13. Omg I had no idea you could do this!!! I bet a letter really does bring a lot of hope. I'm thinking of all the little ones that must get the biggest smile on their faces knowing others care :)

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    1. Sometimes it's the little things that makes a whole world of difference.

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  14. It sounds like a great initiative! I will support it and help share it! I love your post!

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    1. Thank you Christime and sharing would be great.

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  15. I remember that very day. It was almost like a bad dream. I was living on a military base at the time. My ex was in Japan when it happened.

    I am glad their is an organization for these people. I'm sure they have the same fear we did right after 911.

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    1. I'm happy that CARE is willing to help as well. They're such an amazing organization.

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  16. A simple message is encouraging, especially for people who go through a lot in their lives.

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    1. It truly is and sometimes it's the little things that makes the world of difference.

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  17. Helping others is always a blessing, what a great way to help others.

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    1. It truly is and I'm glad there are organizations like CARE there for them.

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  18. Thank you for sharing and telling people more how they can help. I will look into the organisation as I'd love todo what I can!

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  19. Thank you for sharing this way to help with us. It's wonderful. How scary to have been in New York on 9-11 it was scary all the way here on the West Coast I can't even imagine being near by.

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    1. Oh yes it was and I'm so happy that I'm past that all.

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  20. Supporting each other is really important! Sometimes a personal letter can do much more than we thought it would.

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    1. It really can and I hope you're able to help with just a letter.

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  21. This is such a beautiful sentiment. It's a great way to get the kids involved in having empathy for the plight of others. Sometimes, kids hear about current events but it doesn't hit home because they don't understand what is happening.

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    1. It really is because everyone can help out.

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  22. This is such a great program. Some of them need a little encouragement, I think that would help more than anything sometimes.

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    1. Sometimes it truly can and I'm so happy for organizations like CARE.

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  23. I love that a simple letter of encouragement can make the biggest difference!
    Cathy

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    1. Sometimes you just need words of encouragement.

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  24. This is such a neat, encouraging idea - Thank you for sharing it!

    I also wanted to drop a note and invite you to come join us at Sunday's Simple Homemaker Link-Up. Would love to have you link-up!! http://www.prairiegalcookin.com/sundays-simple-homemaker-5th-weekly-link-up/

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    1. Thank you. I'll be sure to check it out and see how I can participate.

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