John M. Becker

Strangers Give Coats, Gloves to Shivering Boy

Filed By John M. Becker | February 23, 2014 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: heartwarming, Norway, tear-jerker, winter

norway-shivering-boy.jpgHere's your tear-jerker for the day.

SOS Children's Villages, an international charity, set up an experiment to draw attention to the plight of Syrian children.

The Nordic Page reports:

More than 6.5 million people have been displaced inside Syria as a result of the civil war that has now raged for almost three years. Over two million have fled to neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. SOS Children's Villages has therefore created action network SOS Mayday where people are encouraged to help displaced children in Syria.

- The situation for children is quite cruel. We believe therefore that Norwegians are willing to help. The money goes to the warm clothes and mattresses for children inside Syria, said Chief of SOS Children's Villages, Synne Rønning.

Winter in Syria can be severe, with temperatures below freezing, snow and biting wind. Many of the refugees have left their homes without winter clothing.

To raise awareness of the plight of Syrian children, the group set up an experiment. An 11-year-old actor was put in a bus shelter without a coat or gloves. He shivered in the cold, and hidden cameras across the street captured people's reactions.

They wanted to know how many Norwegians would help the boy and how many would not. As shown in the touching video below, the majority gave the boy their own coats or gloves so he would not be cold.

Watch, after the jump.

Huffington Post notes that the boy was a volunteer who was never in danger during this experiment.

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