My name is Gizem Salcigil White. I am known as the Turkish Coffee Lady. I've been with the American Turkish Association for more than 10 years. The organizations are very, actually, experienced with this kind of fundraising because Turkey is prone to earthquakes. The Turkish embassy is working tirelessly to receive the in-kind donations and also ship them, you know, every evening with Turkish Airlines to Turkey.
Right now, the winter conditions are dire. It's freezing cold, and people don't have, unfortunately, any food, water. Because they were sleeping during the earthquake, they don't have, you know, anything but sleepwear. So people are just, unfortunately, under the rubble, you know - sorry - freezing to death. So we have, like, you know, people donating toys, baby diapers. We have tents, a couple tents, sleeping bag here. This is more, like, winter clothing, like coats and, you know, pants and all that - very crucial.
It's just we're so grateful, of course, for the response. But, you know, we want to see more from the U.S. I really want people to understand, you know, Turkish people need compassion at this moment. People are devastated. We can't really sleep. I didn't eat since yesterday. I just feel guilty that, you know, those people are suffering there, and we are here. So we're like, what else we can do? What else we can do for these people to build up their lives? We want these people to understand they're not alone.