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Community springs to action after devastating earthquake

Westchester Turkish American Moms collect supplies, raise funds for relief

The Westchester Turkish American Moms are no longer just a social and cultural group as they had been since their founding six years ago. Following the latest devastating earthquake in Turkey on Feb. 6, the moms — and dads and kids and grandparents — began organizing to help in the global relief effort through a supplies and clothing drive and a fundraising campaign.

“I wanted my kids to learn Turkish and get exposed to that,” said Hulya Sener O’Doherty, one of the group’s founders. “That was our goal. I felt so lucky that the group exists and now I see the value. It’s important to have a place to go, to communicate and to get together quickly. We never had the need, but now we see how important this is.”

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Hulya Sener O’Doherty and Funda Suer are founders of Westchester Turkish American Moms and are leading the relief effort locally.

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Turkish Americans of all ages helped out with the supply drive for earthquake relief.

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Maya O’Doherty sorts through boxes of donations.

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Hulya Sener O’Doherty bundles winter coats to send to Turkey.

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