Carolyn FortinoJan 16, 2017, 10:51 pmJan 16, 2017, 11:03 pm

Scarsdale teens honor MLK’s vision by collecting humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees

Hundreds of young community leaders volunteered their time to help refugees in Iraq

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For the eleventh straight year, over 200 Scarsdale teens came together as part of a national day of service aimed at helping Syrian refugees, taking Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of social justice and applying it to global issues.

Combining the services of the AFYA Foundation, UJA Time for Good, and volunteers from the J-Teen Leadership Program, teens came out in full force for a drive to collect humanitarian supplies for Syrian refugees in Iraq.

"During times of crisis, personal, natural disasters, war, it is impossible to be a bystander. It is impossible to watch others suffer when we can make a difference and we have some contribution to make,” AFYA Founder Danielle Butin said.

Ace bandages and Band-Aids, baby blankets and diapers, school supplies, food, clothing and toiletries were just some of the items collected by the teens. The volunteers sorted and packaged the items so they could be air-shipped to Iraq.

The young volunteers say the drive gives them the opportunity to honor Martin Luther King Jr.‘s legacy by giving back. The teens recognize that Syrians have been struggling with one of the gravest humanitarian disasters of all time and say the day of services allows them to help rather than stand by and watch.

"When I give back and take part in these events, I feel the same way kids feel when they receive a present because when you're working directly to help someone and you can see the smile on their face, that is a feeling that cannot be re-enacted anywhere else," J-Teen Co-President Jordyn Glantz said.

The teens recognize that Syrians have been struggling with one of the gravest humanitarian disasters of all time and say the day of services allows them to help rather than stand by and watch.

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