Thanks to your generous donations, small and large, I have been able to provide help to two Syrian Families here in Antep. Your donations over the last 24 hours have allowed them to buy food, pay for rent, and buy medicine for their families. Of course much more is needed, but they send their thanks to you. Since you donated more than I asked for I have found some others who can use some help.

Because of the need and the response I’ve gotten so far, I’m going to leave these donation buttons working. Please feel free to donate more, or share the link. I’ll personally give any money raised to those it can help.

Again, the caveat is that any donations are not tax exempt, I do not run a charity organization, and you will get nothing in return except the knowledge that you’ve helped another human being. You should only give if you know me and trust that I will give the money to people who truly need it. If you pass the link on to others, you’ll need to vouch for me if you want them to donate.

A friend of mine said “Here’s our drop in the ocean.” And that’s the truth. Each donation is only a drop, there is far more need on a big grand scale than any of us can deal with. But what we CAN do is our own small part. I can’t help everyone, but with your support I can make a difference for some people.

Breakfast with the alkadars

Breakfast with the alkadars

So the Alkadars were very thankful. The money will help them with food, rent, fuel, and medicine for the next month. Since I raised more than I anticipated I gave the next $500 to the Abdulrahman family. They have 14 people living in two rooms, and without the donation today would have been out on the street because they couldn’t pay rent. The eldest daughter was killed last month in barrel bombing in Aleppo. Both they and the Alkadars were at Bab Al Salameh camp on the border when the car bomb attack occurred there a few months back, and this convinced them to move to Antep.

I gave the other $150 to Louay Kour Ali. He’s 25, and has a masters in TOEFL from Aleppo University. He carries around a couple of dictionaries, and he loves language. Last night he was sleeping in a house with 7 or 8 other Syrians, and someone cut his pocket and stole his passport, his most valuable possession. He’s got nothing but the clothes on his back and his dictionaries. WHile me and some turkish friends were at the police station with him today trying to get them to help (they are willing to go arrest the guys who stole his passport) he stopped when someone brought in a lost Syrian girl maybe 3 years old. He proceeded to walk around the neighborhood until he found the frantic mother, then went back to his own problems.

Anyway, it’s been a long day. Please pass this page on to anyone you think may want to donate to help someone here.