Youth group volunteers from the Orthodox Church of Hanina in Jordan pause from unloading a truck full of LWR Quilts and Kits for Syrian refugees in their community.

Quilts and Kits Ramp Up Refugee Crisis Response

Youth group volunteers from the Orthodox Church of Hanina in Jordan pause from unloading a truck full of LWR Quilts and Kits for Syrian refugees in their community. Razan (center) said “this was my first time to see all of the people who need assistance from my community.” When asked if she would volunteer to help again, she replied “Of course! I would come again and help. While it can be difficult, I am glad to come and help.”

IN PAST ISSUES, WE HAVE SHARED STORIES ABOUT LWR’S WORK IN ASSISTING SYRIANS SUFFERING FROM VIOLENCE AND DISCORD IN THEIR HOMELAND. We’ve told you about the gift of School Kits for children in classrooms in Damascus, Syria.

We’ve shared about the impact of Quilts and Kits for children and families in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. Now, as many refugees have fled into Europe, we’re excited to tell you that your Quilts and Kits are reaching Serbia.

For families finally arriving in Europe, their arrival means the end of a months-long journey with very few personal belongings. Your gifts of
Quilts, Personal Care Kits, School Kits and Baby Care Kits are making their way into the hands of Syrian refugee families in Serbia. The need is
incredible. Over the first seven months of 2015, the number of migrants and refugees applying for asylum in Serbia was nearly 250 percent greater than the number of people seeking asylum over the same period in 2014. About 15 percent of these refugees and migrants are preschool and school-age children. For a child arriving in a refugee camp, an LWR School Kit can mean the opportunity to attend school for the first time in many months.

LWR’s Carrie Taneyhill manages the process for sending shipments of Mission Quilts and Kits overseas, and she emphasizes the importance of these materials in the response to the crisis. “Since winter is coming, these Quilts will provide much needed warmth to refugees who have arrived with no possessions,” says Carrie Taneyhill. “LWR Kits provide refugees with items that are greatly needed but are unable to be purchased due to their cost.”

Since October 2012, LWR has shipped more than $7 million in Quilts and Kits to Syrian refugees. Your dedication and time make these efforts possible, as you graciously craft and assemble gift after gift for a person you will never meet.

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