NYPD officers with ties to Turkey and Syria are gathering necessities that will be shipped to those displaced by the catastrophic earthquakes last month, amNewYork Metro has learned.
Over 50,000 people have lost their lives and millions are now homeless after two earthquakes bombarded southern Turkey and northern Syria on Feb. 6. The devastation has left the world in shock and promoted many to get involved through donations, including the New York Police Department.
The NYPD barrier section—a Long Island City warehouse that stores barriers used in parades and other events—is now also playing home to a relief effort spearheaded by the Middle Eastern & Turkic Society (MTS) and Muslim Officers Society. Working in conjunction with the Community Affairs division, NYPD officers, cadets, and other volunteers are sorting through clothing, food, and other necessities that will be shipped to Turkey and Syria in order to aid with humanitarian efforts.