We received many emails and contributions. Thanks to all who have already helped! We are reposting the original post. Please help if you can.
A member of the Turkish American community in the Woodlands area has suffered a disaster and some of us may be able to help her and her children.
Our Executive Committee member, Ms Serpil Tutan, knows the family personally and she has provided us with the details.
The apartment the family inhabited burned down due to fire started on the first floor last week. The family is now left with nothing but what they were wearing at the time. They are lucky to be alive as the fire was in their living room within minutes. They received some emergency help from the Red Cross and friends and are looking for temporary living accommodations until the end of school year. This all happened on her daughter's 12th birthday.
We are asking for any amount of monetary donations and/or household items (to be picked up in August if possible, but need to know which items would be donated now) from anyone who can help.
In addition, if you know of any organizations who can help, please let us know as well by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations can be sent to ATA-Houston by visiting our website at atahouston.org/donate. Please include a note to your donation, such as "Fire Assistance."
This is our opportunity to show how our community support each other whenever needed. Your help will be greatly appreciated!
Mark your calendars for our April Happy Hour. This place is especially for the wine aficionado among you, but the real purpose as always is to see old friends and make new ones. These happy hour get togethers are a great way to build networks among our community, in a friendly and all welcoming environment. We look forward to seeing you and your friends! ATA-Houston April Happy Hour
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Dr Fatih Okcu shaved his head yesterday as part of the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraising campaign to end childhood cancers. Thanks to all who have already donated!
Here is a personal note from him : "I want to thank the entire Turkish community for their support and donations. Special thanks and recognition go to Mr. Can Ardic (handsome son of Samiye and Hifzi Ardic) who shaved his hair at the event with me AND donated his hair to locks of love foundation who produces wigs for patients with cancer from such donations. In addition, heartfelt thanks to ATA-Houston for the support and helping me reach out to the community."