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December 13, 2013 - 7:51 am

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The weather has been freezing in refugee camps housing Syrian families who have fled the bloodshed in their home country, adding just one more challenge to humanitarian organizations scrambling to help people lacking in both food and medical care.

Here’s one heartwarming story out of the crisis, though: Hand in Hand for Syria, a London-based charity focusing on bringing medical care and food to dying Syrians, reported the above donation. A 92-year-old woman identified as Doris from Swindon knitted 400 sweaters to send to Syrian children. Amazing.

Hand in Hand for Syria notes that, as it intends to deliver aid to help people help themselves, they are currently planning a textile workshop and opening a school to get local children back into education.

“We believe in delivering emergency relief in a sustainable way, such as by employing local staff so that they can support their own families, buying supplies in Syria to help the country’s economy, and providing training to local Syrian doctors equipping them to deal with the terrible injuries of war,” the group says in its mission statement. “…The conflict in Syria is rapidly developing into the worst humanitarian crisis we have seen this century.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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First of all we commend this dear lady for her heroic efforts to be of service to her fellowmen. Next these sweaters are ideal for a baby or toddler to wear on bare skin. It creates a thermal environment that helps to lock in body heat. The length of the arms is not a problem. The core of the body needs to remain warm so that the heart can keep pumping blood throughout the body. Let us not be so pessimistic by looking at what we perceive as flaws. Too many babies have died recently of hypothermia and I guarantee that one of these sweaters could have enhanced their physical condition to help ward of the severity of the cold.
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Wow, talk about putting your efforts behind your faith. The arms on those sweaters look a little short, she might need to start knitting long mittens. But bless her anyhow.
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