|RAINDROP HELPING HANDS VISITED MOORE CITY MANAGER TO DELIVER $5,730 DONATION|
A highly destructive tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. It devastated the lives of thousands of residents claiming about 24 lives. Many residential and commercial buildings, as well as many cars and trucks, were destroyed. The tornado left many affected individuals needing disaster aid. President declared national disaster for Moore making federal funding available.
After the storms, like many other concerned organizations, Raindrop Turkish House Helping Hands launched a donation campaign for the victims to help recover from the effects of the disaster. Cash donations were requested from the Turkish-American community and Oklahoma City residents who are in contact with Raindrop Turkish House. Donations were collected via its website. Raindrop Turkish House also organized a benefit dinner all of the proceeds of which were contributed to the campaign. The total amount collected for the donation campaign was $5,730. Raindrop volunteers in Oklahoma City visited the City of Moore City Manager, Steve Eddy on June 17, 2013 to deliver the donation check on behalf of the Turkish Community living in Oklahoma.
The Director of Raindrop Turkish House Oklahoma said to Mr. Eddy "This check will not heal all the wounds caused by the storm, but it shows that we all share their sorrows as fellow humans". City Manager Steve Eddy thanked Raindrop Turkish House Helping Hands and said that many people from different states have helped so far. And some people helped by working with the authorities reaching out to those in need, while others helped through donations. Mr. Eddy also noted that receiving this financial aid from Turkish-American neighbors makes it even more meaningful as it solidifies friendships across different cultures.