Here’s One Way You Can Help Refugee Families in the Middle East
If your heart aches for refugees, let Hats and More for War-Torn Syria help you get your charity knitting to where it is most needed
For years, the plight of refugees around the world has hurt my heart. I cannot imagine fleeing from the country I grew up in because war and/or political unrest have made my home too dangerous to live in. Equally, I cannot imagine throwing myself upon the mercy of strangers, hoping to be given sanctuary.
This is exactly what so many people face in Syria and so many other countries in the world. There may never have been a time in history when so many people have tried to escape the brutality of their home nations and attempted to find a place to be safe with their families.
That’s why I am so happy that organizations like Hats and More for War-Torn Syria exist.
Hats and More for War-Torn Syria: Reaching out to Provide Warmth, Comfort, and Hope to Refugees
Hats and More for War-Torn Syria works closely with the Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM) Medical Missions. This organization focuses specifically on providing relief and aid to people caught in crisis in the Middle East and the North Africa region.
While SCM Medical Missions is based in Seattle, Washington, nearly anyone in the world can offer their knitting assistance to refugees! This is because Hats and More for War-Torn Syria has partnered with other organizations in the U.S. (including Living Hands International, based in Utah), the UK, and Australia.
Hats and More for War-Torn Syria once collected only hats, but today they collect far more! Some of the donations they gratefully accept and distribute to refugees includes sweaters, socks, blankets, quilts, vests, mittens, and more. These can be knitted, crocheted, sewn, or even store-purchased (a great way to get non-crafting friends involved!).
Remember how often refugees are forced to flee with only the clothing on their backs, and you’ll understand just how much folks in such dire conditions appreciate any sort of kindness in the form of handmade warmth.
For more opportunities to help refugees, take a look at these articles.
How You Can Help
Make anything that will help keep folks warm during cold months! If you love to knit and/or crochet and/or sew, Hats and More for War-Torn Syria will be delighted to help you find the right place to send your creations. You’ll want to take a look at the guidelines, which you can find on their Ravelry page here. This is where you will also be able to find shipping addresses for their partner organizations.
If you’re ready to jump in and help, all the information you need is available on the Ravelry Group page; you can also take a look at the group’s Facebook page.
Be sure to spread the word! Not only will your donations help keep a family warm, but you can also boost the morale of lives who have witnessed many horrors and have lost almost everything. Men, women, and children in desperate situations really need to know they are loved and cared for.
If your heart aches for these lovely lives torn apart by war and unrest, this is the perfect opportunity to touch and improve lives through charity knitting!
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