Cenna's Plea For Help

The middle school eighth grader is seeking humanitarian help for those who are under attack and on the run in Syria.


Swampscott Middle School eighth grader Cenna Khatib has connections to and seeks help for Syria.

"I am personally connected to Syria since my great grandmother, my grandparents, an aunt, 2 uncles, and 6 cousins under the age of 10 are still living there and Thank God they are still okay for now, but hundreds of people are dying every day and thousands more are running from their homes to safety in refugee camps near the borders," she said. 

"Most of these people left homeless are women and children while the International community has not been willing to step up and help the Syrian people and they are in dire need.

Cenna says she and her family and I are working with fellow humanitarians tto bring items to the refugee camps in Turkey and the hospitals surrounding the area that are treating Syrian’s that are injured. 

They have a list of items that are needed and have only a short amount of time to collect these items (by next Friday October 26th).

There are over 20,000 refugees currently in these two camps, Cenna said.  We are asking for these donations or cash donations to help those people in need, she said.

There are collection boxes for the goods set up at the Swampscott Middle School , Swampscott High School, Stanley School, Big Blue Bargains, and our house.  

All items must be new with tags in order to be packed to go to Turkey due to custom requirements. 

Items needed, as listed in a Lynn Item article:

Diapers, all sizes


Soap and Shampoos

Soccer Balls (un-inflated if possible and with a pump)

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Blankets, pillows, linens, towels

Baby formula

Canned food

Adult Coats

Foldable tables and chairs

Adult Sweaters

Children’s Coats

Children’s hats, gloves, socks, underwear

Please contact Keli Khatib at 781-929-0636 or khatibs@verizon.net with any questions. If you wish to make a donation using a credit card, please visit www.syrianorphans.org.


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