My friend Michelle Bennett is always trying to do a difference in the world. Driven tirelessly by her passion to help others, she recently came back from Serbia where her and a team of volunteers made a huge difference in the lives of many refugees looking for a better life. I met her while backpacking in South-America, but this time her adventures are quite different.
Instead of filling my backpack up every day, we were filling entire TRUCKS full of food and supplies. Trips to the grocery store were really fun because we got to walk in and say give me ALL of your Milk, ALL of your Tuna and ALL of your toothpaste etc…
Her first mission was a success and I followed her every move on her blog: SeeShellGo.com Now after returning home and working a couple of weeks at Microsoft she feels the need to go back as the situation deteriorates and refugees face new difficulties.
Here is her new mission:
“Friends, family, acquaintances and strangers I am happy to announce that in 2 weeks I will be rejoining my team to provide aid to refugees. This time will be very different as the needs have shifted around Europe. Currently Macedonia has put up a fence (graciously gifted by Hungary) on the border of Greece and is only allowing refugees from certain countries entry. Due to this segregation thousands of people are stuck with no food, no shelter and no hope. They’ve resorted to hunger strikes and sewing their lips closed to get the message across that this is inhumane. To add to that there are still thousands of people arriving daily on the shores of Greece via death boat from Turkey. The weather isn’t stopping the masses and the journey is becoming more and more dangerous.
They need help and we want to provide it. My team landed in Greece this week and will spend the next few days seeing exactly what we need to do. Whether it’s winterizing camps, providing warm clothes or serving meals. We want to make a massive impact this time around as it is desperately needed. Temperatures will be dropping to -10 by the end of December and the camps are not ready.
Please help us help them. We can’t do this on our own. My goal is to raise $15,000 this time around. As always, 100% of your contributions go directly to the people in need.
Special thanks to those who have already donated, Microsoft for giving me the time off to do this, David Zuckerman for donating miles for my flight and Clare Bennett for understanding and supporting me. Sorry I won’t be home for Christmas. I promise to make it worth it.”
For more insight as to what we’ve done previously to support refugees: