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Raindrop Foundation is pleased to announce our participation in a blanket drive organized by Embrace Relief in collaboration with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC).

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It is an effort to collect blankets for refugees who have fled Syria and Iraq for Turkey due to the erupting violence in Syria and Iraq. The effort is to help Syrian and Iraqi refugee families in need during the harsh winter months what will soon be upon them.

Last year, 18,000 blankets were collected and shipped to Turkey. Since 2013, the crisis in Syria has only grown worse with now more than one million Syrian refugees living in Turkey alone. Refugee camps have outgrown their capacity and refugees are surviving on makeshift shelters in border cities. Now, with further unrest in the area, Iraqi refugees have started fleeing to Turkey causing the amount of people in dire need to multiply by the thousands on a regular basis.

The blanket drive will take place from November 1, 2014 through November 22, 2014. We ask for your support in our effort to provide warmth to these people in need.

Raindrop Foundation is participating in this aid program with monetary donation. Please consider that the cost of one blanket is $10.00 when you are making your monetary donation for this aid program.

You may go on to http://embracerelief.org/donations/ and find “Donate Blanket Drive for Syrian/Iraqi Refugees” button.

Please remember that every dollar donated counts. Your contributions will be used to provide a blanket and go towards the purchase of basic necessities required for caring for the Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey.

Raindrop Foundation is grateful for your donations and support for this humanitarian effort.

With kind regards,

 

 
Donate for SOMA!

soma-70F1-6B1F-1312On Tuesday, May 13th a mining disaster claimed the lives of nearly 300 miners in Soma near western Turkey. According to reports the death toll seems certain to rise, as about 100 people are still missing. The disaster was caused by a fire in the mine. Efforts were made to save the victims, however only around 100 have been rescued.The mine explosion is already being called the deadliest industrial disaster in Turkey's history. It is not just those who lost relatives and loved ones in the worst mining tragedy that Turkey has ever faced who are suffering; the whole country is mourning the deaths of the 300 mine workers killed in the disaster. On behalf of Raindrop Foundation we would like to convey our condolences to the friends and relatives of the miners and our deepest sympathies to the families. Now it is time to help the rescued miners and the families of the victims. Raindrop Foundation in collaboration with Embrace Relief has started a campaign for the people of Soma who are affected by the mining disaster. Please click the Donate button below to make an online donation or mail your checks, made payable to Embrace Relief, to 545 Interstate Pl. Carlstadt, NJ 07072

 

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1Raindrop Ladies hosted Bryan/College Station ladies for an iftar (special dinner for breaking the fast) on Friday, 26th July.

The night started with a warm up activity. Ladies introduced themselves to each other. Then, one of the graduate students from Texas A&M University presented the significance of the holy month Ramadan (the lunar calender month that Muslims fast) and what it meant to her while she was a kid. Around 8.30 pm, the ladies started having dinner together.

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Rep. Raney visited Raindrop Turkish House

1Representative John Raney visited Raindrop Turkish House on June 26th. In his visit people from Bryan College Station community attended the event.

In the event, lasting two hours, Rep. Raney gave a speech on the state budget needs and informed about the budget spendings in 2012 -2013 legislative year. After his speech, attendees asked him questions about several law issues they encountered.

 

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Raindrop Turkish House hosted people from Bryan College Station Community at a Ramadan Dinner

1On July 18th, Raindrop Turkish house hosted people from Bryan College Station at a Ramadan dinner. In this event people from different background, religion, and ethnicity came together and had a dinner together. The Mayor of College Station Nancy Berry was also among the guest of this event. The event started with a paper marbling performance. After the Paper marbling demonstration, a presentation about the Ramadan month was shared with guests. The event continued with Ramadan dinner. About fifty guests from the community attended the program.

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