D.C.-area Turkish neighborhood launches fundraising effort for quake victims


Turkish People and expatriates from the nation who’re within the Washington area have begun a fundraising drive for earthquake victims.

Sitki Kazanci, president of the American Turkish Affiliation of Washington D.C., mentioned Tuesday that his group has raised $30,000 thus far whereas additionally amassing clothes, blankets, diapers and different gadgets to be flown to Istanbul.

“Actually, the scenario could be very, very dangerous,” Kazanci mentioned, including that he’s looking for company donors. “Thirty thousand is nothing.”

Like many different Turkish People, Kazanci mentioned he nonetheless has household within the southern a part of Turkey that has suffered the worst harm. A sister and her household have been sheltering of their automobile since early Monday after evacuating their constructing, he mentioned.

“They don’t have any [internet] connection, no water, no warmth, no energy,” he mentioned. “They want speedy assist. Worldwide assist.”

Kazanci mentioned his group has been coordinating with the Turkish embassy to gather donations.

On Monday, the embassy posted a message on its web site saying it can accumulate blankets, garments and different supplies and fly them “in a speedy and prioritized method” to Turkey, asking donors to retailer these gadgets in clear luggage with an itemized listing of their contents.

Non-Turkish teams have additionally launched fundraising efforts. The Jewish Federation of Higher Washington Monday started amassing financial donations by its web site.

“As a Jewish neighborhood, it’s our sacred obligation to reply,” Gil Preuss, chief government of the federation, mentioned in a press release.

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