A Letter from Internations

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Internations is a fabulous international organization that brings together globally minded expats and Turkish citizens to network and socialize at monthly events throughout the city.

In response to the recent earthquake, the following message was sent to members of the Istanbul chapter. It contains information about how to support aid and relief efforts. For those of you that are closely following from afar, it provides insight to the domestic aid and support that was quickly arranges, and also provides a website where you can safely donate money to relief efforts [http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/turkey-earthquake-relief-and-recovery-fund/]. For those of you in the country, it provides useful information about how to support the aid efforts in your local community.

Subject: Tragic Earthquake in Turkey

Dear Members of the Istanbul Community,

We are shocked about the tragic earthquake that struck eastern Turkey near the city of Van yesterday with a destructive magnitude of 7.2. Extensive areas sustained heavy damage to their structures, and as many as 1,000 people are feared dead.

We would like to send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the people in and around Van,
our thoughts and prayers are with them and with all of you whose families and friends suffer from it.

Aid centers are established at various locations in Istanbul to collect supplies to be sent to the area. Kadıköy and Şişli municipality buildings as well as Optimum Shopping Mall in the Anatolian side of Istanbul are among these centers. 

If you would like to help the earthquake victims and donate money, blankets, clothes, food or blood please find information below which has been kindly accumulated by our members Vildan Yahni, Figen Bico and Sevtap Kaya. Thank you very much for providing this information:

If you would like to make personal donations,  such as warm clothing, blankets, socks, shoes, boots, etc…and/or food like pre-cooked canned goods.

You can send these goods

1) via the Municipality of Şişli (Tel: 212 288 75 76) – a truck will be departing at 6:00pm tonight to deliver these goods.

2)via the Municipality of Sariyer (Tel: 212 271 1011-12)

3) Also, you can send your care packages via the following courier companies for free, however please call first to check if your nearest branch is accepting free packages:

MNG Kargo
Yurtiçi Kargo
PTT
Aras Kargo

You can also donate funds to the Van earthquake victims in writing “Van” to 2868 with your cell phone. 5 TL will be donated to the Red Cross Turkey (Kızılay) (www.kizilay.org.tr)

You can also send a message to AKUT at 2930 – the terms are the same – 5 TL for each message sent.(www.akut.org.tr)

Money can also be donated via this site:
Global Giving – Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund

You can donate blood today at all three campuses of Bilgi University.

Please follow the discussions in our Istanbul Forum where updates will be added.

Sincerely yours,

Gundula and Metin
InterNations Istanbul Ambassadors

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