A letter from a donor to the Syrian family he flew

My name is Mark Ayoub. Over 100 years ago, my great-grandmother fled Damascus to escape the Turkish persecution of Christians, seeking out a new life for her family in America. They came by boat, arriving through Ellis Island. I have no doubt that they were probably assisted by some generous person along the way. 

I speak very little Arabic, and most people would consider me just "white" or "American" by looking at me. But I have never forgotten my Syrian heritage. I've been lucky enough as an American to be born into a prosperous country and family, and have been able to accumulate far more frequent flyer miles than I need. As a result, when the opportunity arose to help another Syrian family, it was an easy choice. I wish you all the best in beginning your new life.


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