Houston Volunteers Package Food For Syrian Refugees

An international aid group spent last weekend preparing boxes to fill a 40-foot container, and they’ll be collecting again this weekend.


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holding out a handHelping Hand for Relief & Development delivers aid around the world to those who have been affected by natural or man-made catastrophes. They hope to send 650 boxes of food to Jordan to refugees resettling there.

One volunteer is filling each box with …

“Pinto beans, because we can’t send meat and they need protein. So each family will receive eight pounts of that. And all-purpose flour — ten pounds of that. Ten pounds of sugar, 20 pounds of long-grain enriched rice. Oh yeah, and a gallon of vegetable oil,” said volunteer Ayub Hagi. “I know that one thing that’s huge in the Arab world is bread, so that’s what the flour’s for and also the vegetable oil.”

The container can hold up to 44,000 pounds of food.

Hagi is a biology teacher at Willowridge High School in Southwest Houston. He began helping after seeing the plight of Syrian refugees in the news.

“What I tell a lot of my students — because my students actually, they ask me about it — ‘Why do you spend your time doing that?’ And I say ‘well, once before, you know, I was a refugee myself from Somalia. And I arrived in America in 97. If it wasn’t for the help of other people, then I wouldn’t be here today teaching them,'” Hagi said.

Helping Hand for Relief & Development is located at 10503 Rockley Road, Suite #105B. They are accepting volunteers September 12th and 13th from noon to 6 p.m.

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