Send a $10 Donation by Texting â€˜Syriaâ€™ to 80077
Editorial note: Call (734) 454-0011 to speak with a Mercy-USA for Aid and Development spokesperson.
Plymouth, Michigan, June 5, 2012 â€“ Mercy-USA for Aid and Development, through its staff based in Turkey and Lebanon, is providing relief services to many of the over 50,000 refugees escaping a government crackdown in Syria.
According to reports, refugee numbers are expected to increase drastically in the next few months due to increasing violence in Syria, and governments may not be able to support such relief efforts without outside help.
Mercy-USA has already contributed over $500,000 from their relief funds and has offered medical treatment, food, clothing and other supplies to approximately 20,000 refugees in Lebanon and Turkey. To help, people can make a donation to Mercy-USA directly by visiting www.mercyusa.org or by calling 1-800-556-3729 (1-800-55-MERCY). The public can also help by texting â€œSyriaâ€ to 80077 to send a $10 donation to Mercy-USA, a 4/4 star-rated charity according to Charity Navigator. Funds will go to support Mercy-USA refugee relief efforts in Turkey and Lebanon.
Over 12,000 people have been killed in the current violence in Syria and many women and children are risking their lives by crossing the border to refugee camps with nothing but what they can carry on their backs. The priority remains to provide food, medical assistance, household and shelter items.
About Mercy-USA for Aid and Development: Dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient, Mercy-USA is a registered PVO (Private Voluntary Organization) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and is a member of the American Council for Voluntary International Action (InterAction). Mercy-USAâ€™s projects focus on improving health, nutrition and access to safe water, as well as promoting economic and educational growth around the world.