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2014 Annual Early Thanksgiving Dinner

thanks7On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the Raindrop Foundation hosted its annual Early Thanksgiving Dinner, which is held in observance of Citizenship Month for Houston. The purpose of Citizenship Month for Houston is to celebrate Houston’s civic diversity. The program was coordinated in collaboration with the Glenshire Community Association, Brays Oaks Management District, Dialog Institute of the Southwest, Citizenship Month Committee, Office of International Communities, and the Houston Food Bank. Christine Dobbyn from ABC 13 local news was present as the honorary mistress of ceremonies for the dinner.

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The Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief Help Serve Lunch to the Families of the Ronald McDonald House Houston

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On November 10, 2014, The Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief teamed up to help provide lunch to the families of the Houston area Ronald McDonald House. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Upon being greeted by the very friendly staff, Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief began to set up the tables and serving area for the families to enjoy their meal. We were also welcomed by Colleen Dillahunty, the Family Activities Coordinator, who assisted us in the organization of the event.Once an announcement was made for the residents to head downstairs to have their lunch, we were able to serve and meet many of the children and families who call the Ronald McDonald House their home. After lunch, the children and staff were invited to participate in creating Ebru art, which is a traditional Turkish form of water marbling. Since this form of art was new to a lot of the participants, one of the members of Embrace Relief Organization was there to help guide them in creating their own unique Ebru painting.

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Food Drive until November 20 in Houston Texas.

food driveRaindrop Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational, charitable, social and cultural organization founded by Turkish-Americans in Houston in 2000. As a charitable organization,Raindrop helps those in need through its collaboration with the national aid organization “Embrace Relief.” The purpose of these efforts is to assist, with all forms of aid, people in need and those affected by catastrophes such as earthquakes, floods, fires, etc. Embrace Relief’s objective is “to provide aid and such services both domestically and internationally, despite race, religion and ethnicity, while giving priority based only on the level of seriousness and urgency of the need.” We also aim to develop and strengthen social responsibility, solidarity, aid and consciousness and contribute to improvement of the socioeconomic level of society.

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Raindrop Foundation Joins Together With the Embrace Relief Organization

7D8EC53D-37AD-4C0A-B723-BE4D9DA15477wp.comcast.netOn Friday, October 24, 2014, Raindrop Foundation joined efforts with the Embrace Relief organization to distribute meat to those in need in the community. The event was held at the YMCA International Services building at 6300 Westpark Dr, Suite 600. The goal of the meat drive was to distribute meat to families of the community who are in need of food. Raindrop Foundation worked tirelessly to box over 40 boxes of meat and also transported those boxes to the YMCA Center.

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Raindrop Turkish House and Embrace Relief delivered meat to people in need

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Raindrop Foundation, in collaboration with Embrace Relief and YMCA Houston, delivered bags of meat to people in need in Houston. Two groups of young volunteers from Raindrop Youth Development Center delivered bags of meat to homes of people in need on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The meat delivered as part of this campaign came from donations from people celebrating Eid-al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), one of the two religious holidays of Muslims. It is a holiday of charity and solidarity.

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2014 Raindrop Annual Health Fair

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On Saturday, October 18th, 2014, the Raindrop Foundation hosted its annual Health Fair, which provides critical health information and complementary health screenings to children and adults in the community. The Health Fair was organized in collaboration with U.S. Congressman Al Green and Community Health Choice.There were many representatives of different health organizations such as UT Dental and MD Anderson to help inform the public of their services. Attendees of the Health Fair enjoyed complimentary health screenings such as a free flu shot for children, blood pressure assessment, and a dental examination.

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Raindrop Foundation is pleased to announce our participation in a blanket drive organized by Embrace Relief in collaboration with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC).

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It is an effort to collect blankets for refugees who have fled Syria and Iraq for Turkey due to the erupting violence in Syria and Iraq. The effort is to help Syrian and Iraqi refugee families in need during the harsh winter months what will soon be upon them.

Last year, 18,000 blankets were collected and shipped to Turkey. Since 2013, the crisis in Syria has only grown worse with now more than one million Syrian refugees living in Turkey alone. Refugee camps have outgrown their capacity and refugees are surviving on makeshift shelters in border cities. Now, with further unrest in the area, Iraqi refugees have started fleeing to Turkey causing the amount of people in dire need to multiply by the thousands on a regular basis.

The blanket drive will take place from November 1, 2014 through November 22, 2014. We ask for your support in our effort to provide warmth to these people in need.

Raindrop Foundation is participating in this aid program with monetary donation. Please consider that the cost of one blanket is $10.00 when you are making your monetary donation for this aid program.

You may go on to http://embracerelief.org/donations/ and find “Donate Blanket Drive for Syrian/Iraqi Refugees” button.

Please remember that every dollar donated counts. Your contributions will be used to provide a blanket and go towards the purchase of basic necessities required for caring for the Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey.

Raindrop Foundation is grateful for your donations and support for this humanitarian effort.

With kind regards,

 

 
Brays Oaks Super Neighborhood Council #36 Meeting was held at Raindrop Turkish House.

IMG 4975The Brays Oaks Super Neighborhood Council #36 Board Meeting was held on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at the Raindrop Turkish House to discuss the key priorities in bettering the surrounding community. A super neighborhood is a geographically designated area where residents, civic organizations, and businesses work together to address the needs and concerns of their community.

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National Night Out 2014 hosted by Raindrop

IMG 3405On Tuesday, October 7th 2014, the Raindrop Foundation hosted National Night Out 2014, which is “America’s Night Out Against Crime”. The essential goal is to raise awareness on how to help prevent criminal activity from occurring within our community. With more than 250 guests present, the event was very successful as many friends and neighbors of the community came out to help support the cause.

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