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Letters of Hope to Syrian Refugees

Once child refugees themselves, recipients of the world’s first CARE Packages pay it forward 70 years later, sending compassion — and so much more — to Syrian refugee children.

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Send your own message of hope to Syrian refugees.


Your gift of a CARE package will be symbolic of the supplies, services, relief and hope CARE provides Syrian families in need.

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CARE has reached over 2 million Syrians with humanitarian relief, from food baskets and grocery debit cards to emergency shelter and hygiene kits. But as the Syrian conflict drags past the five-year mark, we wanted to deliver something more: HOPE. Watch the video above to see how CARE package recipients, once refugees themselves, wrote letters of support to Syrian children. The result as shown in the video has been some deeply moving connections between people who, though separated by decades and distance, share so much. You, too, can send a heartfelt message of hope and solidarity, no matter where you live. Then share your message amongst your friends, family and social networks inviting them to express their own compassion, encouragement and hope for Syrian refugees.

“Helga made me feel like I exist.”

When 16-year-old Sajeda opened the letter from 87-year-old Helga, she couldn’t have known how it would bridge the distance — and the decades — between them.

“There are good people in this world.”

Former child war refugee Gunter Nitsch, now 78 and living in Chicago, shared his story – and more — with 8-year-old Zaher, a Syrian refugee in Jordan. 

“I have hope when I find someone encouraging me.”

Hope is exactly what Renata Senter wished to express when she wrote to 13-year-old Duha. “I would like to get to know you and hope that I will be able to help you … achieve your goal.”

“You and your family are not alone.”

Joe feels a kinship with 12-year-old Shadi, and it doesn’t end with their shared child-war-refugee experience.