Local Quad City group holds fundraiser to feed Syrian refugees

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DAVENPORT-- Organizers from Kids Against Hunger held a fundraiser at the Putnum Museum, Saturday, April 8, to raise money to donate meals to Syrian refugees.

The goal is to raise $70,000 to pack and ship more that 300,000 meals to a refugee camp in Lebanon.

"This is really about helping Syrian refugees, all of the terrible things that have happened with the people that have left Syria. A third of the country has left," says board member Doug Cropper.

The reception featured guest speaker, Dr. Majdi A. Omar, MD, who has been working to help Syrian refugees for a few years. He says events like those are crucial to bringing hope to the Syrian families.

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"'It depends on us, if we understand this suffering will have a negative effects on the rest of the world.... I think there may very well be a solution that comes out," says Omar.

Kids Against Hunger plan to start packing food to send June, 3, however they are still looking for at least 800 volunteers to help.

CLICK HERE for more volunteer information.