One school is having middle school students reach out to Syrian refugees by compiling care backpacks for families.

Middle School Students Reach Out to Syrian RefugeesAt Graves Middle School in South Whittier, approximately 70  students assembled the backpacks as part of the “GMS Giving Life!” program.  They watched a brief video about the Syrian refugees, and decided to reach out with humanitarian aid.

The backpacks contain a blanket, a hygiene kit, school supplies, and a note from the students.  They will be delivered by the Christian relief organization, World Vision.

“It’s a way for them to think about something beyond themselves,” said Principal Matthew Fraijo. This is the second consecutive year that the school has participated in a charitable project.

“When we do this type of thing,” he explained to students, “we ask you to do something good for someone who you’ll most likely never meet. It matters; it makes a difference.”

For last year’s project, students sent care kits to Africa to offer relief for people suffering from AIDS/HIV.

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