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Local Turkish Society Collecting Donations For Earthquake Victims

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV
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Turkish rescue workers scramble through the rubble in a search for survivors, one day after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the Ercis province of Van, in eastern Turkey, on October 24, 2011. Rescuers scrambled through the rubble in a desperate search on Monday for survivors of an earthquake that killed at least 264 people in Turkey as residents fled the scenes of devastation. AFP PHOTO/MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkish rescue workers scramble through the rubble in a search for survivors, one day after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the Ercis province of Van, in eastern Turkey, on October 24, 2011. Rescuers scrambled through the rubble in a desperate search on Monday for survivors of an earthquake that killed at least 264 people in Turkey as residents fled the scenes of devastation. AFP PHOTO/MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)

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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

For more information, you can log onto their website at http://www.tacsne.org/.

“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.

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