By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – The Turkish American Cultural Society of New England is collecting donations to help survivors of the Earthquake in Turkey.

The President of the TASCNE, Erkut Gomulu, who is also the Honorary Consulate General Of Turkey In Boston, said they are raising the money for either the Turkish Red Crescent or local organizations in Turkey.

Gomulu said there are about 1,500 students from Turkey in Boston, and about 5,000 people from Turkey living in the Greater Boston area.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

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“When you see those real photographs from the area and the building collapsed and there are people stuck… the first thing in my mind is to help people as much as I can,” Gomulu said.

The Turkish Cultural Center of Boston is organizing a food sale on Saturday to help victims as well.

“It’s devastating,” said Executive Director Burhan Kaya.

He said help from around the globe can assist victims both emotionally and physically.

“It’s very important there is a community around the world thinking of those people in a bad situation,” said Kaya.

They will open their doors at 1105 Commonwealth Ave in Boston all day Saturday to people interested in buying Turkish food and supporting their effort.

Money raised will go to Helping Hands relief organization, and they said it will be designated to earthquake victims in Turkey.

  1. Julie the Jarhead says:

    People, please be careful with the donations.

    Turkish Red Crescent = Red Cross.

    “… or local organizations in Turkey” = sketchy, IMHO.

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