BALTIMORE — The Baltimore-based organization Lutheran World Relief has been sending millions of dollars worth of supplies to European countries that have been seeing an influx of thousands of Syrian refugees.
Michael Watt with Lutheran World Relief says there is a long list of supplies that Syrian refugees need.
“Warm winter clothing, they need water and sanitation, they need toilet blocks at these reception centers,” Watt says.
Watt says they’ve partnered with sister organizations to bring supplies to European countries seeing a flood of refugees. He says they’re getting around 50 calls a day for people who feel as touched as they do by this crisis and want to help.
“What strikes me most is to see the youthful face of the migrants that we’re seeing on the news,” Watt says. “Here we are seeing whole families, including families of two- and three-year-olds, who have been walking for three weeks across hostile landscape.”
The agency has been collecting hand-sewn quilts, school kits and baby care kits to send to a partner in Serbia. Watt says Lutheran World Relief Sister agencies are collecting money for other much needed supplies.