Sehr Haroon offers hope for a living.
The doctor from Nebraska Medicine recently started a non-profit organization, Humanity United, to help people in troubled spots around the world.
On New Year’s Eve, she will travel to Greece and help refugees who are living in camps.
“It really struck a chord with me knowing that these people – there are families, there are women and children that are fleeing persecution,” Haroon says.
She has filled suitcases with donations of clothing and blankets to combat hypothermia, since many people there will spend the winter without heat.
"There's also medical supplies that we're going to take more for wound care, gauze – things of that nature,” she says.
The doctor will be joined by three other people, whose professional backgrounds are in science and law.
The diverse backgrounds, she says, is something she welcomes because different tasks will require a wide range of skillsets when assisting refugees.
Haroon says she has never met any of them in person, but only through social media.
The group plans to be gone for two weeks, which is perfect for those who would like to commit to volunteer efforts but cannot afford to take several months off, she says.
“I thought, 'This is wonderful,’” Haroon says. “I'm not alone in feeling the urge to help. And there's people out there who also want to help.”
The Omaha resident says the non-profit hopes to establish a permanent presence in Greece and sustain long-term humanitarian missions.
To learn more about Humanity United, click here.