Refugees help in hurricane relief efforts

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A special group from the refugee assistance program, sponsored by the Syracuse City School District (SCSD), is giving back to help victims devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

The refugees meet everyday at Gethsemane United Methodist Church.

One day, their teachers told them about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and the students agreed to help.

“Most of our students are receiving public assistance but they jumped immediately and decided yes we would like to help,” said Jasenko Mondom, employment consultant for SCSD Refugee Assistance Program.

In just one day, the students raised more than $300.

The students say many of them have endured devastation in their war torn countries until they came to the United States, so helping hurricane victims is their way of paying it forward.

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