Chicago group aids relief efforts in Turkey, Syria after devastating earthquake


Turkish American Cultural Alliance partnered with Turkish Consulate in Chicago After a devastating earthquake killed thousands over the weekend, more casualties are expected to be revealed in the coming days as they collect needed items.

The group’s objectives are wide-ranging, looking for winter clothing for adults and children, tents, sleeping bags, generators, flashlights, baby food, diapers, cleaning products and hygiene products.

The group also accepts monetary donations.

“People need a lot,” said Virdan Gorená, president of the Turkish-American Cultural Alliance. “They also need our help.

According to officials, donated items must be new or rarely used, in good condition and clean. You can bring it in a box or bag, but do not seal it.

Items can be dropped off at Turkish American Cultural Alliance 3845 N. Harlem Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. 60634.

Weekdays 16:00-19:00

5 p.m. Saturday

Sunday 10am-4pm

Items can also be dropped off at the Turkish Consulate in Chicago – 455 N Cityfront Plaza Dr. Chicago, IL 60611

Weekdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck southeastern Turkey and northern Syria on Monday. Over 3,700 people were confirmed dead and thousands of buildings were completely destroyed.

Rain and snow continue to hamper rescue efforts, and aftershocks also pose a serious danger to rescue workers.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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