10-year-old collects hundreds of mittens to keep Syrian refugees warm

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On Thursday night, Canada welcomed over 100 Syrian refugees under a new accelerated entry program and will welcome up to 25,000 refugees by March. One ten-year-old boy is doing something amazing to make sure each of these refugees feels welcomed in the country.

After learning about the Syrian refugee crisis on the news, Lucas Djaroyan came up with an idea to collect mittens and hats to make refugees feel warm and comfortable during Canada's cold winter. He calls his winter gear drive "the mitten tree" and encourages his fellow students to hang their donations on a Christmas tree in the school, City News reports.

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"I think every kid enjoys to decorate a Christmas tree," Lucas explained. Lucas initially thought he would only collect a few dozen mittens but before he knew it he had collected hundreds of donations and they would no longer fit on the tree.

Many of Lucas' classmates support his efforts. "I like it a lot because when you look it at you think this many refugees are going to be able to have warm hands and heads," Lucas' classmate Mila Andrijasevic said.

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MISSISSAUGA, ON- DECEMBER 10: Syrian refugees begin to arrive in Canada at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga. December 10, 2015. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
MISSISSAUGA, ON- DECEMBER 11: Buses with Syrian refugees arrive at an airport hotel and begin to disembark. Syrian refugees begin to arrive in Canada at a hotel near Pearson International Airport in Mississauga. December 11, 2015. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
MISSISSAUGA, ON- DECEMBER 10: Maryam and Nore Kasmeih wait for Syrian refugees at the airport, their mother came to Canada 15 years ago and their family that was in Syria has fled to Turkey. Syrian refugees begin to arrive in Canada at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga. December 10, 2015. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
MISSISSAUGA, ON- DECEMBER 11: Christine Youssef is excited as she reunites with her cousins. Syrian refugees begin to arrive in Canada at a hotel near Pearson International Airport in Mississauga. December 11, 2015. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
MISSISSAUGA, ON- DECEMBER 11: Christine Youssef, left, is excited as she reunites with her cousins. Syrian refugees begin to arrive in Canada at a hotel near Pearson International Airport in Mississauga. December 11, 2015. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BEIRUT, LEBANON - DECEMBER 10: Syrian refugees wait to pass through security at the Beirut International airport as they prepare to depart Lebanon to resettle into Canada, in accordance with the Government of Canadas Operation PROVISION on December 10, 2015. (Photo by Kenneth Allan/Canada Border Services Agency/Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 11: Border Services Officer Boakye-Cotie processes a Syrian refugee family at Toronto Pearson International Airport on December 11, 2015. (Photo by Kenneth Allan/Canada Border Services Agency/Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MISSISSAUGA, ON- DECEMBER 11: Christine Youssef, left, is excited as she reunites with her cousins. Syrian refugees begin to arrive in Canada at a hotel near Pearson International Airport in Mississauga. December 11, 2015. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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Lucas's family plans to drop off the donations at the end of the week. He hopes that his idea will inspire other kids to create mitten trees in their own schools.

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