The rebel-held city of Aleppo, Syria has been left in ruin by years of government airstrikes. After a bomb detonates, a team of rescuers identified by their white helmets frantically try to dig people – men, women and children – out of rubble. “The White Helmets” are volunteers who go by the name of the Syrian Civil Defense. The organization says the 29,000 volunteers “act neutrally, impartially and for all Syrians.” So far the White Helmets claim to have rescued 70,000 people.
Two of the White Helmets will be interviewed by Scott Pelley. The interview will air on 60 Minutes on Sunday, December 18, 7:30pm on CBS. For those moved to act, there is a Syrian Civil Defense fund collecting as little as $4.68 (for a pair of safety googles), $48.02 (elbow and knee protectors), $144.64 for one white helmet. Money also goes to the families of fallen White Helmets. So far, $4.2 million has been raised by more than 80,000 people around the world.