Independent retailers are donating food and clothing to support those impacted by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
In the early hours of 6 Feb, several earthquakes devastated southern parts of Turkey and the northern border of Syria. Authorities reported that more than 19,000 people had died on 9 February, with many more injured.
Independent retailers started major support efforts to help those impacted by the earthquakes. Mehmet Guzel, who runs several Simply Fresh stores in London, urgently asked customers and the public to help donate kids clothes, adult winter clothing, blankets and sanitary products.
He told Better Retailing: “We ended up getting several vans full of donations. We had to pause donations because the shop was getting filled with bags. We’re going to start a fundraiser and bake sale to raise cash donations.”
Guzel was also featured on BBC News, highlighting his support for victims.
Similarly, a Premier in Stoke-on-Trent has also opened a collection point for support. Owner Hasan Altundal said: “We were accepting long-life tinned goods and brand new clothing. The donations were placed in a van, which we drove to Manchester Airport for Turkish Airlines and the Turkish consulate. Booker also helped donate some food.”
Some post office branches had also stepped up to help.