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Google To Match Donations For Refugee Crisis

Every dollar counts to help those in need.

As refugees continue to flee war-torn Syria in the hope of a better future, Google is taking steps to help them. 

On Tuesday, the search engine behemoth announced it will match the first $5.5 million in donations to humanitarian relief for refugees and migrants. The money will go to nonprofits, including Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children.

LONDON, UK - September 17: Demonstrators carry a banner during ​thr Refegees Welcome march through London to show solidarity
LONDON, UK - September 17: Demonstrators carry a banner during ​thr Refegees Welcome march through London to show solidarity with Refugees on 1​7​ September 2016. The march from Hyde Park to Parliament Square follows reports of the many people who have lost their lives including a young boy Aylan Kurdi trying to flee from their war torn countries to safety in Europe.​ Last year the government agreed to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees. (Photo by David Mbiyu/Corbis via Getty Images)

Rita Masoud, a project marketing manager for Google, is herself a refugee from Kabul, Afghanistan.

"When I was seven, my family and I fled to Europe with our belongings in a single suitcase, hoping for a safer and better future," Masoud said in the statement. "Our journey involved many dark train and bus rides, as well as hunger, thirst, cold and fear. Fortunately, we received asylum in The Netherlands, where I grew up in a safe environment and was able to find my way in life."

"I was lucky," she continued. "But as the refugee and migrant crisis has grown, many people like my family are desperate for help."

More than 3 million people have fled Syria to the country's closest neighbors, including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Another 6.5 million are internally displaced within their home country, according to the United High Commissioner for Refugees.