I don’t even know how to begin this. I’m truly at a loss for words. With the bombings in Brussels, and now in Pakistan, I can’t just sit here and do nothing. I can’t just talk about it and then walk away. When will the terror stop? When will the terror against their own people stop? When will the world be at peace? When can we look at our children and feel like we’ve brought them into a safe world? And yet, here we are in America and the worst thing we’re worrying about is the election – months away. Right now, right this second there are thousands of displaced families and children running from the terror happening in their own countries. There are children left without families. And here I am sitting and typing – probably jibberish at this point – because I’m crying. I’m crying because these are children, and they’re not safe. My children are. How is this fair? So today, I’ve partnered with CARE to bring some hope to Syrian refugees. They deserve it, they need it, we should give it.
I don’t care what your religion is, but yesterday was Easter, and to me Easter is a time of peace and forgiveness, of giving and caring, of love. Love, that is what we should be spreading. We should open our hearts to these precious children and let them know that there are good people in the world. And there are good people, in fact, survivors from WWII who were also recipients of care packages are sending letters and so much more. These people were once refugees themselves and they understand better than anyone what these children and their families are going through.
Watch this video of inspiration:
Leo Kissell and Helga Glembowski pose for a picture after World War Two. Helga was a German teenager living in Berlin when World War Two started. Her father was killed in an air raid and Helga’s family fled to Hohenschwangau, where her uncle owned a camera shop. At the end of the war, a US soldier named Leo Kissell met her and her family and they became friends. After being sent back to America, Leo became pen-pals with Helga, sending her and her family CARE packages to help them survive the postwar hardships. Eventually, Leo and Helga fell in love and she was allowed to immigrate to America, where they were married.
If Helga can use her past experience to bring hope to other children and families then we can too. And we must! We must show the rest of the world how compassionate Americans truly are! We must show that we are not as we are portrayed! We are a compassionate people, we are, in a way all refugees. As a grand-daughter of a Prisoner of War, these stories have touched me deeply. Let’s come together and bring a little bit of hope to a very dire situation.
This is the letter I’ve written via the Letter Portal:
Hello From America!
Please know that you and your families are within our thoughts every single day! I pray that you and your family will find safety. Don’t ever give up! There are good people in the world.
Love and Hope!
Mash’Allah! Peace and Love!
I probably could have written a much longer letter if there wasn’t a limited amount of characters. But you can do so much more than write a letter!