Business owners across LI collect donations to help victims of earthquake in Turkey and Syria
A Long Island restaurant owner is doing everything he can to help those devastated by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
Errol Alkan owns Krinti Mediterranean in Woodbury and Chicken Kebab in Roslyn.
He also has a family affected by the collapse of their surroundings, which makes communicating with his loved ones difficult.
Alkan says proceeds from their takeout on Friday will go towards helping rescue efforts in Syria and Turkey.
"They are really in need of excavation machines, which can help break things down to reach the people," Alkan says
Other Long Island business owners are also doing their part to help.
Tugce Karalar spoke with News 12 earlier this week where she began collecting donations at her restaurant in Holbrook. She suffered the loss of extended family in the earthquake.
Karalar says to date, they've sent out three full trucks of donations. In them were nearly 4,000 diapers and supplies like clothing and tents for those left without a home.
The donations are being brought to Allison Ocak's business where dozens of volunteers are still sifting through donations and get them ready to be shipped.
"We're just dividing everything up," Ocak says. "I just did another run to Costco with the monetary donations that we were saved and taking the money and going directly there and purchasing essentials."
Karalar and Ocak say because the response has been so great, they are in need of even more volunteers.
They also plan on getting another delivery of good on Friday.