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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,

 

 
Brays Oaks Super Neighborhood Council #36 Meeting was held at Raindrop Turkish House.

IMG 4975The Brays Oaks Super Neighborhood Council #36 Board Meeting was held on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at the Raindrop Turkish House to discuss the key priorities in bettering the surrounding community. A super neighborhood is a geographically designated area where residents, civic organizations, and businesses work together to address the needs and concerns of their community.

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National Night Out 2014 hosted by Raindrop

IMG 3405On Tuesday, October 7th 2014, the Raindrop Foundation hosted National Night Out 2014, which is “America’s Night Out Against Crime”. The essential goal is to raise awareness on how to help prevent criminal activity from occurring within our community. With more than 250 guests present, the event was very successful as many friends and neighbors of the community came out to help support the cause.

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2014 Raindrop Health Fair! Come and Join us for free health screening!

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The Raindrop Foundation, in collaboration with US congressman Al Green's office and Community Health Choice, would like to cordially invite you to our 2014 Annual Health Fair. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to obtain critical information regarding up-to-date health facts and tips. The event will take place on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 from 10:00am until 1:00pm at the Raindrop Turkish House (located at 9301 W. Bellfort Ave., Houston, Texas, 77031).The Health Fair will provide valuable health information, resources, and guest services such as:

* Dental Information

* Application Assistance

* Medicaid, Chip and Chip Perinatal

* Renewal and Certification Help

* (Please bring a copy of your current check stub, your child's birth certificate, and social security card)

* Cancer Awareness from MD Anderson

* Houston Fire Department - Fire Truck

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Raindrop Turkish House invites our neighbors to join us at National Night out party on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 6:00 pm.-8:00 pm at Turquoise Center 9301 West Bellfort Ave, Houston, Texas 77031.

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The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).

National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide

Come and support our Police Department! Meet our neighbors!

Fun for our kids!

Enjoy the free delicious food and drinks!

 

 
Raindrop Foundation hosted an iftar dinner for the Turkish American Community in Houston

 

pictures 23Raindrop Foundation hosted an iftar dinner for the Turkish American Community in Houston on Thursday, July 24th at the Marriott Hotel. The intention of gathering at the event was to unite the Turkish American public pursuing the theme of “ Gurbette Tatli Bir Ramazan Aksami”. The program started with the Raindrop Foundation’s introduction movie and was later followed by welcoming remarks from the Board chairman, Ruhi Ozgel.

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Friendship And Engagement Iftar Dinner with Neighbors at Raindrop Turkish House in Houston

 

pictures 6It was a huge night yesterday at the Raindrop Turkish House in Houston for the friendship and engagement Iftar dinner with neighbors. The program was attended by 350 people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Some of Raindrop's VIP guest included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Turkish American judge Jay Karahan, the chair of Houston Community College Board Neeta Sane and the former Houston city council member Gordon Quan . The emcee of the program was done by ABC -13 news anchorman Art Rascon along side 10th grade Turkish American student Eren Okumus as co-emcee.

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Raindrop Turkish House was home to World Refugee Day of Houston Festival

 

refugee 16Raindrop Turkish House Houston was home to World Refugue Day of Houston Festival on Saturday June 21, 2014 from 3:00 pm. to 7:00 pm. Festival was filled with cultural entertainment, children activities, cultural activities, cultural food, and educational activities.

Congresswomen Shelia Jackson Lee attended the event and shared her remarks with the large audience. Beside her, Houston City Council members Mike Laster and Richard Nguyen and Consul General of Pakistan Afzaal Mahmood were in attenence.

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Fundraising Reception for Soma and Bosnia held at Raindrop Turkish House in Houston

 

donation 28The Fundraising Reception for Soma and Bosnia was held on Friday, June 13th at the Turquoise Center in Houston, Texas. The event, which was organized by Embrace Relief, Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians, Raindrop Foundation, Bosnian Cultural Center, Dialogue Institute of Southwest, Houston-Istanbul Sister City Association, and Texas Turkish American Chamber of Commerce, was held to raise awareness about the impact and aftermath of two major disasters which occurred in the past month, a mining disaster in Soma in Manisa, Turkey and severe flooding throughout Bosnia. The mining disaster in Soma claimed the lives of 301 miners while the floods in Bosnia also claimed numerous lives and caused extensive property and infrastructural damage in many parts of the country.

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