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American Kids Write Letters of Love and Hope to Refugee Children

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In a world where email prevails, a handwritten letter conveys so much more. It’s not virtual, it’s real. It’s something you can hold, material proof that someone was thinking of you, that someone cared enough to take pen, pencil or even crayon to paper just to let you know that you matter, that you are not forgotten, that someone cares about you.

This is why children across America have been writing letters to children in refugee camps in the Middle East and Europe.

The letters get to the refugee children inside of child-size backpacks put together and distributed by Operation Refugee Child. Each backpack is filled with essentials that a child fleeing war or persecution needs like diapers, socks and something to eat, but the backpacks also include something to help each child that receives one feel like a child. There might be a toy, a doll or stickers.

And then there are the letters.

Beautiful handwritten letters full of love and hope, from one child to another.

“Letters mean a lot. They think, ‘Oh people actually care about us. We’re not forgotten,’” Gader Ibrahim, a Southern California mom and the founder of Operation Refugee Child, told Today. “It’s so sweet, I love it.” Ibrahim knows that refugees treasure the letters because when she travels to distribute aid to refugee camps, she sees the letters displayed on tent walls even though some of the refugees can't read English.


Letter of the Day! "I hope that you guys find shelter or something to stay safe from all the horrible people that is taking over your country. I'm sending you a hug and hope." #OperationRefugeeChild #RefugeeHopeBox #ORC #Candosomething #cantdonothing #refugeeswelcome

Letters that let children going through horrors know that they are not forgotten.


Letter of the Day! "Hi, my name is Emilia. I am 7 years old. I hope you are safe. I wish I could give you a hug. <3 Emilia." If you and your kids want to send us letters to include in our backpacks, please mail them to: Operation Refugee Child 23986 Aliso Creek Rd. STE #126 Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 #CanDoSomething #Cantdonothing #OperationRefugeeChild #RefugeeHopeBox #RefugeesWelcome #HolocaustAleppo

Letters that prove that no matter what political rhetoric is being spewed, humans will always care about other humans.


Letter of the Day! "Dear Refugees, I love you so much I want to be there to hug you all and support you. You're Sweet You're nice You're awesome You're great You're love You're brave You're Nice You're tough Love, Kelsey" If you and your kids want to send us letters to include in our backpacks, please mail them to: Operation Refugee Child 23986 Aliso Creek Rd. STE #126 Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 #CanDoSomething #Cantdonothing #OperationRefugeeChild #RefugeeHopeBox #RefugeesWelcome #HolocaustAleppo

Letters that say so much more than the words that are written in them.


"Dear refugee, I hope you are doing well even though you are on the move. Even though times may get hard just know that life will get easier and you will find a great home where harm will stay out of your way. Keep going, stay strong, be brave, and know that people care about you. Also know that I am wishing you luck in your journey ahead. Please keep going, you will find a great life, friends, and house. I'm wishing you luck in life." Autumn, 11 year old from Colorado, USA #refugeehopebox #operationrefugeechild

Not all the letters are from children. The letter below was written by someone who knows what it's like to be a child living through war and terror.


This letter we received inside a #RefugeeHopeBox represents paying it forward, represents #humanity, and it's the essence of #OperationRefugeeChild. #refugeeswelcome #cantdonothing #bekindtooneanother

If you or your children would like to send letters to be included in the Operation Refugee Child backpacks, you can mail them to: Operation Refugee Child, 23986 Aliso Creek Rd. Ste. #126, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

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