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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,


Raindrop foundation hosted Eid celebration with Oklahoma City’s Refugee Resettlement program

Raindrop Turkish House hosted the Al Adha Eid celebration with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City's Refugee Resettlement Program. The celebration provided a valuable opportunity to collaborate with community organizations and make a positive impact in the lives of newly arrived immigrants. Over seventy staff, clients and guests attended including Ersin Demirci and Catholic Charities' Sahar Aldurobi, refugee social services case worker. The two opened the event with welcome remarks, sharing how the missions of both Raindrop Foundation and Catholic Charities were aligned with cross-cultural learning and community integration. Invitees thoroughly enjoyed home-cooked, authentic Turkish cuisine and tea while children received donated gifts from Raindrop Foundation. Attendees participated in a raffle contest for gift cards, and the evening ended with an Oud performance by a member of the audience.
The Raindrop Foundation showcased activities, such as Turkish and English as a Second Language classes, Coffee Nights, and Turkish cooking classes, for which all guests had the chance to sign up. 5 October 2014

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The Raindrop Foundation Hosted “Second Neighborhood Luncheon”

The "Second Neighborhood Luncheon" was held at the Raindrop Foundation on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014. The luncheon program began with a video that highlighted the activities of Raindrop Foundation followed by the welcoming remarks from Ersin Demirci. Proceeding the welcoming was a presentation made about RDF's "Helping Hands" program, Turkish language classes, Coffee Nights, the annual Turkish Festival, Friday Social Nights, and our luncheon series. The guests enjoyed the best examples of traditional Turkish cuisine and Turkish tea. The guests also had the opportunity to learn about some of the Foundation's activities, such as Turkish Olympiads and our previous Annual Dinners. This luncheon was a great way to get neighbors together to interact with one another. Memories and traditions are developed when we can simply sit at a table and share a meal with our friends. The luncheon will help further strengthen our relationship and build a strong, healthy, and vibrant neighborhood. The Raindrop Foundation believes that even in the smallest matters, one neighbor can help another which will allow all of us to benefit from our neighbor's good fortune.

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Raindrop Foundation Donates To The City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City

On Monday, October 6th, 2014, Raindrop Foundation representatives asked Turkish-American community members to make a donation to help the people in need in Oklahoma City. The Turkish –American community of Oklahoma City agreed to donate 120 pounds of meat to the City Rescue Mission. The donated beef was delivered to the City Rescue Mission kitchen, where the manager and staff of the mission were there to receive the donation. The members of the City Rescue Mission thanked the Raindrop Foundation and the Turkish-American Community for their significant contribution to the Oklahoma City community. Tayyip Oral, the director of the Raindrop Foundation, provided them with more information about the Foundation and their many activities. He also emphasized the "importance of sharing" in the Turkish culture.

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The Raindrop Foundation in Oklahoma City organized the Bayram (Eid) Picnic on Saturday, October 4th, 2014. Both local and Turkish people from the community came together for this exciting and refreshing event. Adult participants as well as the children had a great opportunity to experience the excitement of coming together with friends. While they enjoyed themselves jumping in the inflatable bounce castle, the rest of the guests enjoyed the delicious Turkish foods served at the picnic. The foundation also provided many toys to the children to keep them excited and entertained throughout the event. The picnic was a great success as we had many members of the community come out and enjoy themselves amongst one another. We look forward to seeing you all at our next Eid Picnic as well as other future activities held at the center.
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