3 Simple Ways You Can Support Displaced Families Today

Image credit: Steinchen, Pixabay

Image credit: Steinchen, Pixabay

We’re hearing their stories all over the news this week–those thousands of families who have fled their homes in Syria are truly in need of aid and prayerful support. Catholic News Service provided a succinct update on the growing crisis here and social media is filled with compelling images:

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by their plight and to ask ourselves, “What can I possibly do to help?” and then to go about our holiday weekend busyness. I’m happy to share that there are a few easy ways that we can join in solidarity with these families and offer support.

1. Make a Donation through Catholic Relief Services

CRS is on the ground and ramping up services to migrant and refugee families:

In Serbia, Macedonia and Greece, CRS is working with local Catholic, Orthodox, nongovernmental organizations and government partners to provide emergency relief, medical care, translation services and legal counseling. We’ve reached more than 5,000 vulnerable refugees and migrants in the past month. CRS has also constructed a facility equipped with beds, bedding, bathrooms and showers in the town of Kanjiza, near the Serbian and Hungarian border. About 1,000 refugees and migrants pass through the town each day. And we’ve increased access to medical, legal and other support services for more than 3,800 refugees.

Donate here – even a small gift when combined with others can make a big difference.

2. Join Forces with the Knights of Columbus

The Knights are actively working to meet the needs of displaced families:

To meet the growing need of displaced Iraqi minorities, the Knights of Columbus are financing one month’s supply of food for more than 13,500 families from Mosul and Nineveh who fled to the Erbil area in Kurdistan. The food packages will contain rice, sugar, cooking oil, tomato sauce, beans, wheat, pasta, cheese, fish, meat and tea. This donation will bring the organization’s assistance in the Middle East to more than $4 million overall with the total cost for the food donations being $810,000.

Those wishing to assist with the relief efforts can donate by visiting www.christiansatrisk.org or by sending checks or money orders payable to Knights of Columbus Charities at P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966. The memo portion should indicate that the check is for Christian Refugee Relief. One hundred percent of all donations directly supports humanitarian assistance and raising awareness for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities, especially in the Middle East. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

3. Pray for the People of Syria and All Suffering Religious Persecution

The USCCB has provided the following prayer:

Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.

O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence
and to seek reconciliation with enemies.
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end
the fighting and choose a future of peace.
We pray to the Lord…

Thank you for your prayers and gifts and for taking time to help spread the word that these families truly need our love and care at this time.

Updated: Find additional very practical ways to provide support here.

Copyright 2015 Lisa M. Hendey

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


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