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Letter: Give to UNICEF to help Syrian children in need

Give to help Syrian children in need

2:22 PM, Oct. 30, 2013  |  Comments
There are now more than 1 million children in refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and other border countries of Syria.
There are now more than 1 million children in refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and other border countries of Syria.
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EDITOR: Is is said that Wisconsin has its own four seasons: "almost winter," "winter," "still winter" and "road construction."

I think we are now in the "almost winter" season. It freezes at night and tonight our children will go out for tricks and treats. Children will also carry their boxes for the United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, to collect for other children, those who are in extreme need.

In Merrill, the money collected is earmarked for the children in Syria. There are now more than 1 million children in refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and other border countries of Syria.

From a recent UNICEF bulletin: "Four million children now are affected by the brutal conflict. In some areas, UNICEF is maintaining the entire water supply. .... UNICEF has helped mobilize what is now the largest humanitarian operation in history - supplying food, water, education, clothing and critical immunizations to families and children in Syria."

In the U.S., we do not feel the seriousness of this crisis, because we are so far removed from it. But let us give top priority to help the extremely needy Syrian children.

Please be generous when our children present their UNICEF boxes.

In communities outside Merrill, including the greater Wausau area, the money collected will go to help in the Syrian crisis and to the 150 other countries where UNICEF is active.

Jim Lewis,

town of Maine

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