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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A call to serve, one San Diegan saw the need and flew across the globe to volunteer at Syrian refugee camps. Now back in the states, he's continuing the outreach.

One picture of a little Syrian boy found washed up along the shore was all it took for Abraham Teran.

“I saw on TV the picture of the little boy and thought he looked like my son actually, and I said you know what I have to do something," Teran said.

So last month, Teran sold $13,500 in stocks so he could ship out from San Diego to Syrian refugee camps.

“I cashed out my savings pretty much to do this, but in this case, it was more than money that's how I saw it," he said.

Leaving his wife and 3-year-old son, Teran landed in Budapest for the first time.

"I don't really plan when I go about places, but here, I was motivated to go and help," Teran said.

He passed out food, clothes and shuttled supplies each day in his rental car.

"When you're seeing men, women and children suffering every day, especially the children, I have to say that plays an integral role," he said.

Teran, a tax accountant, served for three weeks at multiple camps, including ones in Slovenia and Croatia, before heading back home.

“The whole flight home, I couldn't sleep, I just kept thinking of how I can continue this and get involved."

He started a Let's Help Lesvos group and within a few weeks, it had 400 members and raised $4,000.

Determined to do more, Teran doesn’t want to debate whether hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees should come to the U.S. he just wants to help.

“There shouldn't be politics behind feeding people,” he said.

“I wasn't able to feed a hundred thousand people, but I know by what I did, I know I was able to give and show some love to complete strangers."

Teran is planning to return to the refugee camps to volunteer for 6 weeks on the Greek island of Lesvos.

He’ll be leaving his family right before Christmas to spend the season of giving with those who live without.

You can follow his trip and learn how to help Syrian refugees on his Go Fund Page

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