Charity Drive for Syrian Refugees

Learning Outcomes:

  • Worked collaboratively with others.
  • Engaged with issues of global importance.

Goal: To collect as many boxes of supplies as I possibly can to send to these refugees.

This past week, my class and I organized a collection of resources for Syrian refugees. For a week, each of us students had to make sure a particular class would bring different supplies to donate to the refugees. In my case, I had to make sure the 6th graders brought in materials related to the refugees’ dental hygiene, such as toothbrushes, mouthwash, and dental floss.

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The box I innitially designed for the 6th graders.

In order to encourage the children to bring in as many supplies as they could, I decorated a box in which they could leave their supplies throughout the week. However, the box was filled by Tuesday! It had to be replaced by an uglier, yet larger, box. Still, although this last box was not filled throughout the rest of the week, that did not prevent the kids from filling up the box with bags and bags of supplies each day!

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Me (third from the right in green) with the boxes of supplies.

Afterwards, on Thursday and Friday morning, my classmates and I helped with the organizing and packaging of supplies. These were then driven to the drop-off point and sent over to the refugees on Friday at mid-day!

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The packages right before being sent off.

This activity was truly inspirational, as it showed me what people can accomplish when they work together for a cause and, while it left me feeling sorry for those individuals that must suffer through hard times like these with next to no resources, I am proud we could do something practical to help them.

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