Heart to Heart International Contributes to Syrian Refugees in Turkey
In a groundbreaking humanitarian initiative, Heart to Heart International (HHI), a leading health delivery and crisis relief agency, has teamed up with the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, the nation’s premiere interfaith coalition addressing the crisis, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the global Jewish humanitarian group, to unite diverse faith groups – as well as corporate sponsors including Henry Schein, Inc., FedEx Corporation and BD – to assemble 7,500 emergency relief kits that will be distributed to needy Syrians in refugee camps in Turkey by our partner Orient for Human Relief.
The event, called “Faith & Heart: Uniting to Help Syrian Refugees,” brought together just under 1000 volunteers representing different religions on June 26, 2016 at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. This was the first time that members of so many different faith groups – Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Mormons and Muslims – have been brought together to work, shoulder to shoulder, to help Syrian refugees in dire need of the most basic necessities of life.
“Heart to Heart International is extremely proud of today’s humanitarian event. Volunteers from New York City’s faith-based organizations will assemble desperately needed hygiene kits for Syrian refugees. Personal hygiene is one of the top needs for people impacted by crisis and these kits can be the first line of defense against the spread of illness,” said Jim Mitchum, CEO of Heart to Heart International.
“In addition to the kits built today, Heart to Heart will contribute an incremental 7,500 hygiene kits built by BD and also kits from The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection to the shipment designated for Turkey, bringing relief to over 15,000 refugees, primarily vulnerable women and children,” added Mitchum.
During the five-hour event around 1000 volunteers worked together to assemble more than 7,500 kits to help refugees meet many basic needs in hygiene and personal health by providing resources including shampoo, soap, combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, all of which can be difficult or impossible to find in refugee camps. Event participants also assembled kits designed to meet the specific needs of women and girls living in refugee camps, who can be especially vulnerable when displaced from their communities. The women’s kits will also include products such as reusable/washable menstrual pads, loud whistles and hand cranked powered flashlights.
Registered Syrian refugees now number 4.8 million, while another six million people remain displaced inside of Syria. Most of those displaced are women and children, with over 50 percent of refugees being children under the age of 18. Thousands of families are struggling to survive, and efforts to relocate mean that millions of people routinely lack many necessities to address basic needs in personal care or hygiene that can help to prevent illness.
Heart to Heart International continues to support refugees and those in need around the world.