The catastrophic earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria in February has killed 50,000 people and left communities devastated in both countries.
Here are some ways that you can help the survivors of this terrible tragedy. We will continue to update this page as more opportunities become available.
Items for Donation
New York's Turkish Consulate General is collecting donations of space heaters, winter tents, sleeping bags, and blankets. These can be dropped off at 344 East 46th Street in Manhattan between 10am and 9pm.
Cafe Turkiye, located at 37-05 Broadway in Astoria, is currently accepting in-person donations of the following items:
- winter tents
- pocket heaters
- sleeping bags
- floor mats for disaster tents
- bed chairs
- heaters (220V compatible or with converter)
- ECG devices
- portable ultrasound devices
- surgical kits
All items must be new due to health concerns, and can be dropped off during business hours (Monday-Sunday, 9AM-10PM).
Recommended Turkish-American Relief Funds (for monetary donations)
Bridge to Türkiye Disaster Relief Programs
Embrace Relief: Turkish Cultural Center Relief Fund
Syrian Specific Aid
Syrian American Medical Society
American Coalition for Syria: How to Help Earthquake Victims
Donate to Trusted International Organizations
Making a cash donation is one of the easiest and quickest ways to join in the relief efforts. However, it’s crucial to ensure you are donating to creditable organizations. Here are some reputable organizations suggested by Help Now NYC, the New York Times, and the Raleigh News & Observer, including:
- International Red Cross
- Doctors Without Borders
- Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations
- Mercy Corps
- Turkish Philanthropy Funds