2014 was an extremely successful year for our Boots for Kids project! For 2014, our initial goal was to deliver 1,500 pairs of boots to children in need… Instead, we’ve delivered more than 2,000 pairs of boots! 2,244 pairs of boots to be exact! In addition to these 2,244 pairs of boots, we have also delivered more than 1,000 coats to the children who had to cope with the extreme winter conditions in Turkey!
In 2014, our campaign has reached out to 40 schools in more than 10 cities. And, today, I would like to thank you for your continuing support because our success and our ever growing efforts would not have been possible if it was not for you... You, friend, have helped us to put a smile on a kid's face! So, today is your day to be proud and happy!
Today, as you look at the photos of the children who were part of our campaign in the last year; let’s remember what Winston Churchill once said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. So, let’s promise ourselves to make 2015 the year of giving back and social responsibility! Let's make a real difference to disadvantaged children and young people in communities across Turkey. There are thousands of children who will need support, so Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) will continue to raising funds to help give disadvantaged children in Turkey a safe and warm winter in 2015 and 2016. And, for $15 dollars you, too, could support a child... For $600 dollars you could buy winter boots for all needy students in a rural village elementary school.
Thank you for sharing our goal to make a change in children's lives and to keep their feer warm in the cold; and make their hearts even warmer.
This report, friends, is going to be a short one... With this report what I want to remind you is the last winter... Remember the chilly winter mornings... Remember how you spent more than an hour cleaning up the snow on your car... Remember how many times you had to shovel in front of your house because otherwise it was impossible to walk in... Do you remember how you put layers on top of layers so you would not get cold? How many layers of socks did you wear the last time you walked out in snow? Did you buy a new coat? And, maybe another one in another color?
In couple of months it will start to snow again in the eastern part of Turkey. And, believe me when I tell you it WILL GET COLD. It will be freezing in the mornings, in the afternoon, and in the evenings. And, here is what we'll do to make these freezing days, weeks and moths just a little bit warmer for 1500 children: with your help and support we'll send 1500 pairs of boots and 1000 coats to the underprivileged children living in the Eastern parts of Turkey.
In short, this year we would like to repeat last year's success with our Boots4Kids project. Do you remember in 2013 we delivered 1,819 pairs of boots and socks to 24 schools?
Remember with a $15 dollars donation you could support a child... With a $60 dollars donation you could support 4 children... $150 dollars would buy boots to 10 children for this winter. If you were to decide to donate $600 dollars you would buy winter boots for all needy students in a rural village elementary school. Which amount you would choose is up to you... Just remember a pretty cold winter is before us.
I must admit 2013 was an amazing year for our project... As I mentioned on my previous email, in 2013 we delivered 1,819 pairs of boots and socks to 24 schools. And, when we ended our project for last year we had a great sense of accomplishment! Here is the real truth behind this accomplishment: you've made it happen! We've successfully completed last year's project as a result of your generous contributions to our cause and your endless support to our organization. So, we thank you once again for letting us reaching out to the rural areas in Turkey and helping the children in need.
Summer time offers an amazing opportunity for us and for our project to get ready for the coming winter. We have much bigger plans for this year! Having freezing cold feet while walking to shool or playing outside is something no child should have to endure. Therefore, our plan for this year's project is to reach out to more than 2000 children; and deliver their boots before December, 31st as a New Year's gift.
We have numerous foundraising events going on both here in the United States and also back in our home country, Turkey... As we ask you to support our cause here by spreading the word and by donating as small or as big as you can, our friends in Turkey will bike to raise funds for this year's campaign! Like us they only have one thing in mind: to reach out as many kids as possible this year and offer them a warmer season. So, today, once again, we remind you the valuable impact of your donation on a child's life... So, next time when you put on your shoes and go out for running, for biking or for hiking; remember last year your donation of a $15 dollars allowed a child to run, to bike and to hike to his school. All kids deserve to have warm feet in the cold season. Let's make it happen, together!
BTF Boots4Kids Project Leader
Today, I am reaching out to you with great news about the BTF’s 2013 Boots4Kids project…
Following what has been both extremely rewarding and busy season, 2013 is finally behind us! This year’s project was a little bit different compared to previous years… This year, we continued to support our core focus group - financially challenged students who are in need of boots and socks for the coming winter- but we also included the children who were the victims of 2011 Van Earthquake to our project scope. I would like to use this opportunity to provide you some important details around what we have done for Van; and then to provide you a general update and the overall summary for the 2013 project.
We’ve got to know the situation in Van from an online newspaper (T24)… The article at T24.com was reporting that there was still number of families living in the container homes in Van following the 2011 Earthquake. According to the article, these families were not only under the imminent threat of the harsh winter conditions of Van but at the time they were also in danger of losing their container homes due to much expected evacuations… We knew we had to take an action; and had to include the kids to the scope of 2013 Boots4Kids project... After contacting the reporter, Hulya, we were put in touch with Gundem Cocuk Dernegi (GCD). GCG was the source of the information that she used for her article; and we partnered with GCD for the Van portion of our 2013 project.
Gundem Cocuk is a non-profit organization, which was founded in 2005 in Ankara, advocates for equal rights for all children and for the children rights. Since their foundation they have made the UN’s “Convention of the Rights of the Child” part of their bylaws. Their mission, therefore, was and is in parallel with ours. GDC representative, Onur, notified us that there were around 500 children continue to live in the container homes under extremely difficult conditions. And, this information set the scope for Van project: 500 pairs of boots and socks for 500 kids before December 31st!
And, with the support of friends like you we successfully sent 500 pairs of boots and socks to Van before the end of December. In other words, thanks to your contributions, 500 New Year presents were delivered to their owners right on time! So, thank you!
Including what was sent to Van, in 2013 we delivered 1,819 pairs of boots and socks to 24 schools.
I would like to thank you for being part of this year’s project and providing support to the children in need. Here is to a successful year and a project! I’m sure 2014 will be a fantastic year for Boots4Kids!
Boots4Kids Project Leader
By now, you and I both have received at least a few emails from our favorite retailers informing us about the upcoming winter season… They update us about the latest trends in winter shoes and boots… Maybe you would like a pair of knee high boots… Or, maybe you would prefer a pair of ankle boots… Or, maybe you would like to go with something more comfortable like Uggs… Whatever your choice would be, you and I both know that we need at least a pair of boots to “survive” the next couple of months…
Recently, I was informed about this young boy, who lives in a village near Erzincan… He does not receive emails from his favorite retailers because he does not have Internet… He does not have a laptop or a computer, either… Some days they don’t even have electricity in the village which he lives in… But this boy, like his other friends who are attending to his school, will also have to “survive” the coming winter. He does not have an option to choose between the various types of boots. He wears his older brother’s old shoes to school. Shoes that are meant to be worn in spring, and certainly not in winter.
So, my friend, you and I both offered a choice… We both can use this opportunity to play a role in improving a child’s life and help him to enjoy this winter season just like you and I will do, too. For just $15 you and I could give a pair of boots for a kid in need, and could dramatically change the quality of their day-to-day life.
In 2014, Bridge to Turkiye foundation is planning to donate 1500 pairs of boots and socks to the children in need. So far, we have sent over 100 pairs to the Eastern part of Turkey. However, our job is not done. And, only with your help and partnership we can reach to our goal before the first snowfall of the season.
Here, my friend; and once again, I’m asking you to be a part of the change. As Thomas Paine said once “we have it in our power to change the world over”. Let’s start today!
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