A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake stretched for miles around Syria and Turkey on Monday (Feb 6), causing catastrophic affects with the rising death toll already surpassing 21,000 according to recent reports.
A number of local, national, and international organizations have been working non-stop all week to help those who have been effected by this natural disaster. Read on to find out how you can help here in Atlanta, to raise funds and send those much-needed supplies to the people of Syria and Turkey.
How to help in Atlanta
1. Contribute to a global organization that focus on sending relief during crises
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There are so many worthy charities that immediately got to work as disaster struck in Syria and Turkey. Here are some renowned organizations who are known for providing immediate aid, using donations to help with anything and everything, in and around the affected areas, from food and shelter, to access to healthcare. Here are a handful for your consideration, but always check that your money is going to the right place with the Charity Navigator tool
- World Food Program USA
- Embrace Relief
- Save The Children
- Humanity & Inclusion
- Doctors Without Borders
2. Donate what you can, and support The Ahiska Turkish Community Center of Atlanta
Located in Alpharetta, this community center has already received and influx of donations following Monday’s devastating news. The center will be accepting things like scarfs, hats, clothing, and more until Feb 12. Click here to visit their Facebook. You can find The Ahiska Turkish Community Center of Atlanta at 70 Technology Dr, Alpharetta.
3. Support Georgia’s honorary consul for Turkey, and her non-profit
Following the news of the earthquake on Monday, Mona Diamond Sunshine, who is Turkey’s honorary consul here in Georgia, announced that she has been reaching out to organizations to try and collect donations towards the cause. Sunshine even has her own non-profit, American-Turkish Friendship Council, with a sudden shift in focus to help out all those affected by this catastrophic event. Click here to donate via Paypal, or click here for their website.