#JustLikeUs Lantern Festival: Dec 1, 6:00 p.m. | Sugarhouse Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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The #JustLikeUs campaign brings communities together in support of a humanitarian response to the worst refugee crisis since World War II, which is due to war, enduring political crises, and natural disasters. You can make a difference for families who once had lives very much like yours by helping to ensure that refugees in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. are protected and given the help they need to keep their families safe from harm.


#JustLikeUs Lantern Festival: Dec 1, 6:00 p.m. | Sugarhouse Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Refugee families fleeing Syria and other countries afflicted by crisis are making desperate journeys to reach safety and rebuild their lives. For those who are crossing the treacherous waters of the Aegean to Greece, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is providing protection, warm winter gear, clean water and sanitation, transportation, and other emergency assistance.

The IRC is the only international NGO helping displaced families on all fronts. They have programs to aid those inside war-torn Syria and in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, where Syrian families have found refuge. They also provide assistance to refugee families across the Mediterranean region who have made their way to Europe, and to refugees from around the world who have been resettled in the United States.

Learn more about the crisis below. Warning: Some of the material is graphic and upsetting.

IRC Report: The Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Middle East
Analysis: The Flow Towards Europe
Humans of New York: A Refugee's Story, Story 2, Story 3, Story 4
WaPo: The most tragic symbol yet of the Mediterranean refugee crisis
Video: I had the Job of Taking Pictures of the Dead (WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC!)


Get Involved: Dec 1, 6:00 p.m. | Sugarhouse Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Cotopaxi & partners are hosting the #JustLikeUs Water Lantern Festival. All participants will receive a water lantern, on which they can pledge their support. We will then release all lanterns together in a gesture of solidarity with refugee families.

When: Giving Tuesday 2015 (Dec 1), 6:00 p.m. (On-site registration opens), 6:30 p.m. (Event starts)

Where: Sugarhouse Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Proceeds: 100% of donations are dedicated to IRC's rescue efforts for the global refugee crisis.

*All lanterns are 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable. All lanterns will be retrieved from the water once the event is complete.

Not in Utah? You can still participate. Register and donate to reserve a lantern. A volunteer will release the lantern in your name.