Dear Temple Ohabei Shalom,

My name is Daniel Michelson, I am a 7th grader at Edward Devotion school in Brookline. For a social action project for my bar mitzvah at Temple Ohabei Shalom, I am organizing a donation drive for Nuday Syria, a non-profit organization which collects donations of both gently used and new items, food, and medical supplies and equipment. All donations are packed into 40 foot long shipping containers which are sent directly to Syria. Each shipment contains actual aid that reaches the people and hospitals in need within 6-8 weeks of being loaded.

Examples of much needed items are clothes, coats, shoes, boots, new underwear and socks, female hygiene products, diapers, soap, powdered detergent, sleeping bags, blankets, soccer balls, stuffed animals, non-battery operated toys. Food items needed include rice, flour, cooking oil, sugar, cans or bags of tuna, food high in protein such as peanut butter or nutella, energy bars, protein drinks, powdered and liquid milk and *always* infant milk in any form. All food items must be unexpired and in non-breakable packaging.

The mission of Nuday Syria focuses on bringing humanitarian aid inside Syria and to help displaced Syrians in the bordering areas around Syria. They focus on bringing housing and food to displaced families with single mothers or wounded family members. They are especially concerned with the lack of safe shelter and living for single mothers with daughters. NuDay Syria is also focused on individual displaced people’s quality of life and will facilitate educational and micro-financial opportunities in order to help ensure financial independence and a means for individuals to eventually be able to help others, both financially and motivationally.

Donations can be dropped off at Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street or at my house, contact kimberleylmichelson@gmail.com for details. Additionally, on the Nuday Syria website http://www.nudaysyria.net/containers.html there is a link to Amazon, which allows you to purchase items directly from the Nuday wishlist with free shipping to their packing facility.

I am also planning a day at the Temple, to organize all of the donations that I am collecting and I would love help. It would be wonderful if in addition to donating items, you could also come to help sort through and pack the bags which I will be delivering to their facility in Nashua, NH. While I am there I am also going to help sort and pack more bags and boxes for the containers.

Together we can make a difference. Thank you!

Daniel