Oklahoma City News
Raindrop foundation hosted Eid celebration with Oklahoma City’s Refugee Resettlement program

Raindrop Turkish House hosted the Al Adha Eid celebration with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City's Refugee Resettlement Program. The celebration provided a valuable opportunity to collaborate with community organizations and make a positive impact in the lives of newly arrived immigrants. Over seventy staff, clients and guests attended including Ersin Demirci and Catholic Charities' Sahar Aldurobi, refugee social services case worker. The two opened the event with welcome remarks, sharing how the missions of both Raindrop Foundation and Catholic Charities were aligned with cross-cultural learning and community integration. Invitees thoroughly enjoyed home-cooked, authentic Turkish cuisine and tea while children received donated gifts from Raindrop Foundation. Attendees participated in a raffle contest for gift cards, and the evening ended with an Oud performance by a member of the audience.
The Raindrop Foundation showcased activities, such as Turkish and English as a Second Language classes, Coffee Nights, and Turkish cooking classes, for which all guests had the chance to sign up. 5 October 2014

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The Raindrop Foundation Hosted “Second Neighborhood Luncheon”

The "Second Neighborhood Luncheon" was held at the Raindrop Foundation on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014. The luncheon program began with a video that highlighted the activities of Raindrop Foundation followed by the welcoming remarks from Ersin Demirci. Proceeding the welcoming was a presentation made about RDF's "Helping Hands" program, Turkish language classes, Coffee Nights, the annual Turkish Festival, Friday Social Nights, and our luncheon series. The guests enjoyed the best examples of traditional Turkish cuisine and Turkish tea. The guests also had the opportunity to learn about some of the Foundation's activities, such as Turkish Olympiads and our previous Annual Dinners. This luncheon was a great way to get neighbors together to interact with one another. Memories and traditions are developed when we can simply sit at a table and share a meal with our friends. The luncheon will help further strengthen our relationship and build a strong, healthy, and vibrant neighborhood. The Raindrop Foundation believes that even in the smallest matters, one neighbor can help another which will allow all of us to benefit from our neighbor's good fortune.

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Raindrop Foundation Donates To The City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City

On Monday, October 6th, 2014, Raindrop Foundation representatives asked Turkish-American community members to make a donation to help the people in need in Oklahoma City. The Turkish –American community of Oklahoma City agreed to donate 120 pounds of meat to the City Rescue Mission. The donated beef was delivered to the City Rescue Mission kitchen, where the manager and staff of the mission were there to receive the donation. The members of the City Rescue Mission thanked the Raindrop Foundation and the Turkish-American Community for their significant contribution to the Oklahoma City community. Tayyip Oral, the director of the Raindrop Foundation, provided them with more information about the Foundation and their many activities. He also emphasized the "importance of sharing" in the Turkish culture.

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The Raindrop Foundation in Oklahoma City organized the Bayram (Eid) Picnic on Saturday, October 4th, 2014. Both local and Turkish people from the community came together for this exciting and refreshing event. Adult participants as well as the children had a great opportunity to experience the excitement of coming together with friends. While they enjoyed themselves jumping in the inflatable bounce castle, the rest of the guests enjoyed the delicious Turkish foods served at the picnic. The foundation also provided many toys to the children to keep them excited and entertained throughout the event. The picnic was a great success as we had many members of the community come out and enjoy themselves amongst one another. We look forward to seeing you all at our next Eid Picnic as well as other future activities held at the center.
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Raindrop Foundation Collaboration with Ice Angels To Feed The Homeless

On Friday, October 10th, 2014, the Raindrop Turkish House joined efforts with the Ice Angels of Epworth to help the homeless and needy of OKC. The members of the Turkish community worked hard to provide a hot meal which included meat balls, potatoes, rice, and baklava. The Ice Angels generously provided the tables and water. We were very pleased to serve 40-50 people, especially on this chilly day. A homeless gentleman was gracious enough to come and help set up tables as we prepared for the event. He expressed gratitude towards the care and effort used to feed the homeless on their day off. Also during the set up, we noticed that more and more people were starting to participate in the event. There was more than enough food to feed anyone who was in need. As the people received their food, we received much praise and thanking's for our efforts. Most of them also expressed that it was great to experience food from a different culture. The Raindrop Foundation will continue to feed the homeless along with Ice Angels of Epworth in the future as needed. We enjoyed having the opportunity to collaborate with such good friends to help prepare meals for those who are less fortunate.
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