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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,


Turkish Festival in Tulsa

mainThere was a lot of attention for the 5th Annual Turkish Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which Raindrop Turkish House organized.The Tulsa Branch saw 4000 visitors enjoying Turkish cultural foods, arts, Whirling Dervish, and Turkish folk dances performances.

Our most popular attractions, were the artists that came from Turkey.They included Mr. Aydin Cayir, a calligraphy artist from Istanbul, Mrs. Nuran Oner, an Ebru water marbling artist from Ankara, Ahmet Kocadag, a ceramic artist from Kutahaya, and a felt artist.

Another Highlight of the festival was Whirling Dervish performance.

The Festival endedwith the congratulations of Tulsa and Broken Arrow public servants, volunteering at the festival.

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



Soma Mining Disaster

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Mining disaster in Soma, Turkey claimed hundreds of lives. The disaster was caused by a fire deep in the mine. Rescue attempts were made and nearly 100 miners were saved

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 families of the victims. Embrace Relief has started a campaign for the families affected by the Soma mining disaster


1. Online Donation: Please visit our website

2. Contribute by check: Make your checks payable to:

"Embrace Relief"

Address: 545 Interstate Pl. Carlstadt, NJ 07072

The State of Oklahoma won First Place with their display


Houston Turkish OlimpiadMembers of the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Raindrop Turkish House attended the 8th Annual Turkish Culture and Language Olympiad, held at the Hobby Center in Houston, on Saturday February 15th, 2014.

Members participated in the cultural display contest by exhibiting Native American items and pictures from Oklahoma.Autumn Pritchett and Caitlyn Sloan, two members of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, were also there to help display the traditional dress for Kiowa women.

The state of Oklahoma won First Place with their display and the award was accepted on stage by Fatih Ozaydin, from Tulsa.

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