As many of you are aware there is a crisis world wide as these desperate people flee the situation in their home country. Many are arriving in the Bodrum area of South West Turkey before taking a treacherous sea crossing to Kos Island in small boats.
A group in Bodrum has formed to provide help to these people. The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/754004951374612/?fref=nf
Unfortunately another very well known travel forum is removing any posts on this as they are deeming them non travel related I guess but as the refugees are gathering in popular resort areas and holiday makers are asking how to help this is very much travel related.
Several local businesses are helping by being 'drop off' points for items of clothing etc and some are providing trays of food. Migros has agreed to assist with its online shopping by holding the foodstuffs etc until they can be distributed. There is a list of foods needed plus clothing and sanitary products. Small toys are being requested for the children.
The group cannot accept money directly due to legal stuff but contact can be made with those working there to for example earring to book a hotel room for a day so some can shower etc or with restaurants to pay for meals.
If you're a tourist on holiday in Yalikavak and don't want to take home your towels, shoes, sandals, old clothes, toiletries you can take them to Zorro Bar and we will take them to Ortakent where items are being sorted and given out to the refugees in and around Bodrum.
Thank you for taking the time to read and if you are heading there Thomas Cook will allow you 5kg extra baggage allowance on your outward journey for charity goods. Call 01733 224 808 and stay on the line until the last option. The pack has to be separate to your baggage and labelled Charity Care Package.
Transavia Holland are also offering help for travellers from Holland. The following message has been posted 'If you send your bookings number in a private message to Transavia on Facebook, they will take care over the extra 20 kilos for the refugees, please tell everyone you know!''
Thank you in advance.