DENVER (KDVR) — After a powerful earthquake rocked parts of Turkey and Syria, killing thousands, help is on the way from around the globe.
Many governments have rushed to dispatch aid, personnel and equipment to help the rescue efforts in quake-stricken areas.
The United States is coordinating immediate assistance to NATO-member Turkey, including teams to support search and rescue efforts, the Associated Press reported. U.S.-supported humanitarian partners are also responding to the destruction in Syria.
Meanwhile, local efforts are underway in Colorado to get donations to the disaster zone.
Thousands in Colorado tied to Turkey
Thousands of people in Colorado have deep ties to Turkey, according to the Turkish American Cultural Society of Colorado. The group estimates about 2,500-3,000 live in the state, mainly along the Front Range.
People affected by the earthquake have an immediate need for donations. There is no Turkish consulate in Denver, so the group is collecting donations to send to consulates in Houston and Los Angeles.
“The Turkish embassy, with the help of the Turkish ambassador to the U.S., they have partnered with Turkish Airlines, which flies into the many major cities that come to the U.S. directly, and they will get the donations over there in a speedy manner,” said Sinan Sahin, with the local organization.
Where to donate in Colorado
The first shipment was planned for the consulate in Los Angeles. More shipments will happen until donations are no longer needed.
As of Feb. 15, donations can be delivered to 18000 E. 22nd Ave. in Aurora. Cash donations can be made here.
Donations needed after earthquake
Those affected by the earthquake are in need of winter clothing items, food, hygiene products and gear to live outside of their homes. Here is a list provided on Monday.
Winter clothes for adults, kids
Food, hygiene items
- Food boxes (shelf-stable, canned)
- Baby formula
- Menstrual products
- Mattresses (for tents)
- Sleeping bags
- Gas catalytic stove, heater
- Gas cylinder
- Thermos bottle
- Power bank