Turkish Bake Sale Benefits Underprivileged Youth

November 24, 2008  

By Madeline Olds

SMU’s Turkish Student Association put together an all-day, charity-driven Turkish bake and craft sale Thursday, Nov. 20. The Turkish Student Association plans to donate all the proceeds it made from the sale to the “Make a Child Smile” project, which helps poor and underprivileged kids all over the world who lack important resources in their lives.

“We like to help the kids by giving them money for new books and more education,” said TSA president Kamile Yagcí.

The sale consisted of many common and casual Turkish foods like stuffed grape leaves, b?rek, three types of baklava, and cookies. It is difficult to find such foods in the U.S. because they require very special cooking skills and they’re hard to keep fresh for a very long time. Crafts were also available for sale at the event. Items such as jewelry, linens, and decorative accents were very popular, and most are handmade.

The bake sale at the flagpole received many sponsors to fund the event, such as Interfaith Dialogue Student Association, Turkish American Women Association, Raindrop Turkish House, and Raindrop Helping Hands. Raindrop Turkish Hands provided all of the cooked food for the sale, while Raindrop Helping Hands funded the gathering and covered other expenses.

Raindrop Helping Hands was the main sponsor of the event, and its focus is to help those who are, or were, victims of natural disasters. More recently, they have concentrated their attention to aiding those in Houston who have been severely affected by Hurricane Ike.

By the end of the bake sale, all the food that was prepared had been sold, and Yagcí hoped they reached their goal of $1,000 in sales with around 100 customers or more throughout the day. This is the first time TSA has hosted this type of gathering, and they plan to do it again in the future.

“We had a pretty good turnout, and will try to do this again in the spring,” stated Yagcí.

All 64 members of the TSA work very hard to reach their common goal of providing financial relief to those in need. They continue to develop new ways to reach out to people and always welcome others in contributing or volunteering. For more information about the Raindrop Helping Hands and the “Make a Child Smile” project, go to www.raindropturkevi.org/helpinghands.

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