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Mason Love Week Leads Cause To Help Refugees In Middle East

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FAIRFAX, VA | November 20, 2017

Since 2010, Mason Cru has continued to serve communities across nations with one driving slogan: “Love People, Change the World!

Mason Cru is an on-campus Christian organization that teaches students about the gospel through bible study, social events, ministry work, and service learning. Every November, they host a humanitarian aid project called Love Week, where they contribute to a country and a cause with monetary or food donations. In years past, Love Week volunteers have assisted with clean water efforts in Guatemala, education in Cambodia, and last year, resources for sex-trafficking victims in India.

This year, Love Week is all about loving refugees. Mason Cru is partnering with Global Aid Network (GAiN) to pack and send meals to displaced families in the Middle East. They invite other campus organizations, greek life, sports teams, cultural associations, interest clubs, and members of the Mason community to donate, to volunteer, and to purchase a t-shirt in support of this initiative.

Bridget Borton and Jeremiah Ludwinski are two students who are partaking in the week-long project. As avid Mason Cru ambassadors and Love Week team leaders, they shared that Love Refugees was not chosen with political intent, but with a humane one. Borton adds, “we’re hoping to provide to meet people’s physical needs. Our goal is to show love to different parts of the world.”

From Thursday, November 2, to Thursday, November 9, Mason Cru will be having several events, including an exclusive Q&A with Jenny Yang, senior vice president of advocacy and policy for World Relief. This will be happening on Thursday, November 9, from 8pm to 10pm in the HUB Ballroom.

Their largest volunteer opportunity is the Packing Meals for Refugees event, which will take place on Wednesday, November 8, from 10am to 5pm in Hanover Hall. They hope to bring together hundreds of Mason students to raise $12K and pack 40K meals. Global Aid Network (GAiN) will be handling the supplies, training, and food (rice and lentils), while Mason Cru will organize the necessary labor in packing the items.

Regardless of religious affiliation, Mason Cru is working to provide aid that spans beyond campus culture. Love Week comes once a year and remains as a humanitarian tradition among the Mason community.

To learn more and share the love, visit the Love Week kiosk in the Johnson Center or sign up for the packing event on GMU Love Week’s Facebook.

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