Syrian refugee crisis: Here’s how you can help

By now, it would be difficult not to have heard about the Syrian Refugee Crisis. The media is inundated with facts and opinions on the subject, but what there does not seem to be enough of is guidance for those who want to help.

The aim of this post is to provide just that. Listed below are five humanitarian aid organizations, all of which are playing their part in relieving the suffering of refugees from the violence in the Middle East. Read about them and give where you feel compelled.

1. International Rescue Committee
Commitment: “When an emergency arises, the IRC arrives on the scene within 72 hours with urgently needed supplies and expertise that protect people caught in the midst of chaos. We commit to stay as long as we are needed, helping survivors to heal, recover and rebuild their communities to be stronger, more stable and more democratic. In the United States, the IRC has helped hundreds of thousands of refugees thrive in the country that gave them sanctuary and a new beginning.”
Click here to donate.

2. Samaritan’s Purse
Mission: “Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Click here to donate.

3. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Mission: “Witnessing to God’s love for all people, we stand with and advocate for migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice.”
Click here to donate.

4. World Relief Corporation
Mission: “Empowering the local Church to serve the most vulnerable”
Click here to donate.

5. U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Mission: “To protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life.”
Click here to donate.

We encourage you to find out how to help Syrian refugees who are already in your communities by contacting local activists and service organizations in your neighborhoods.

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