Residents of the Dunning neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side are raising donations on Tuesday to aid the victims. That killed thousands in the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
Chicagoan Cerina Bulut said, “Anybody, in addition to being devastated here in America, especially if you have connections to the Turks or Turkey, or your family or friends are there. It’s overwhelming to try to understand what they’re going to do.” Bulut is a member of the Turkish-American Cultural Coalition, one of several groups raising money and collecting necessities such as hygiene kits and socks after losing their homes in the earthquake.
“Cash is beneficial, but we also collect donated new items or used minimal items, and the Turkish Consulate in Chicago offered to work with us to collect those items,” Brutt said. The Syrian American Medical Association is also working to provide aid to earthquake victims and recently opened a warehouse in Oran Park to receive medical supplies to be sent to the area.