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Davidson Turkish and Syrian Students Seek Donations for Earthquake Relief Efforts

by | Feb 9, 2023

Photo from – Urban Search and Rescue personnel from Fairfax County, Virginia, gather their belongings prior to boarding a C-17 Globemaster III on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Feb. 7, 2023. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is mobilizing emergency humanitarian assistance to respond to the devastating impacts in Türkiye following the worst earthquake to hit the region in almost a century. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marco A. Gomez)


An earthquake with the magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale hit Turkey and Syria on February 6th; there are approximately over 11,000 deaths and 54,000 injuries as of now. Both countries need supplies and donations as soon as possible. The Turkish and Syrian students at Davidson College have been working together to organize a donation campaign.

These Davidson students are asking for your help.

Students will be setting up a donation table in Davidson College Alvarez Student Union at the Football Stadium Entrance between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday February 9 and Friday February 10 to collect unused supplies. The supplies will be taken to ATA Charlotte (Assembly of Turkish American Association in Charlotte) that is working with the Turkish consulate to deliver the supplies to Turkey next week. It is more challenging to send supplies to Syria due to of political sanctions. However, we are working on an alternative method of sending them with a transit over Lebanon. More details will be provided once we finalize the logistics.

What can you donate?

  • Winter clothes (raincoats, jackets, sweatshirts, socks, gloves, boots, scarves, beanies, trousers, clean underwear)
  • Blankets/Towels/Pillows
  • Sleeping bags
  • Menstrual products
  • Large backpacks
  • Power banks
  • Diapers and childcare products

Note: supplies such as clothing, blankets, backpacks, etc. can be in good condition (rather than unused).

If you do not have items to donate or cannot come to the college, please consider making a monetary donation to the organizations that are continuously working at the impact zones. Here is what Davidson College has published as Resources for Disaster Relief on their WildcatSync page:

“A financial contribution to reputable relief organizations is one of the most effective ways to support relief efforts.  If you prefer to make a donation following a disaster, be sure to visit  GiveWellCharity NavigatorCharity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau to help assess an organization’s effectiveness in managing donated funds. Organizations like World Central Kitchen, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance , Islamic Relief,  Doctors without BordersInternational Medical Corps , and Red Crescent are on the ground in multiple locations and seeking donations.”  

Although the following charities have not been officially vetted by Davidson College, we, as Syrian and Turkish students, feel the following charities are also worth considering:


We are thankful for your help and support with all the challenges international students face during these times. We would really appreciate any support that you can provide during this challenging time as well. Please keep in mind that even the smallest donation helps.


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