BOXES of goods and products destined for Syrian refugees have been flowing into offices across Didim thanks to kind-hearted members of the Turkish and foreign community.

After just 13 days, the appeal has received more than 100 boxes, with more incoming daily and £600 has been donated to the cause via members on the Facebook appeal page

Drop off points such as Voices Newspaper, Circus Restaurant and Lale Yapi, which is located behind Anadolu Sofrasi Restaurant, off Ataturk Boulevard, have been inundated with boxes of all shapes and sizes containing clothes, baby products, dried food and even a tent for the refugees.

The Didim Syrian Box Appeal has been launched by local mums Lisa Pekel and Louise Kilic, with massive help from Gemma Bethel and Tanya Howell and other residents after being touched by the plight of the refugee families flooding into the resort to try and flee to Europe.

Didim and other Turkish resorts on the West Coast are often used as a final – and often risky – transit point in the illegal human traffic network to escape the likes of war-town Syria for Europe.

The appeal has already touched the hearts and minds of many residents and businesspeople in the resort, and have opted to collect a variety of products which will be distributed to refugee families.

They plan to to distribute boxes during the Feast of Sacrifice holiday around September 25, 26 and 27. Cut-off date for boxes is Wednesday September 16.

Voices has thrown its weight behind the campaign as the emerging humanitarian crisis grows.

In a joint statement, Louise and Lisa, thanked everyone for responding so quickly to the appeal. “We have been incredibly touched by the kindness of strangers, families and friends to the Syrian Box appeal.”

If you want to help and need more details log on to the specially created Didim Syrian Box Appeal on Facebook.

Some content suggestions are:

FOOD STUFF: Bulgar, pasta, milk, tea, coffee, sugar, salt, oil, tomato paste, fruit juice

HYGIENE PRODUCTS: Toothpaste and toothbrush, wet wipes, soap, deodorant, sanitary towels, toilet paper, plasters, sewing kits, razor

BABY PRODUCTS: Formula, nappies, wet wipes, baby cream, soft toys, feeding bottles, dummies

CHILDREN: Crayons and colouring books, soft toys, sweets

Drop off points for shoeboxes that are clearly marked so far include:


Voices Newspaper at the Realty World office, opposite Sobe Bar, Ataturk Boulevard;

Circus Restaurant, Ataturk Boulevard;

Lale Yapi (located behind Anadolu)
Zebra Cafe


The homes of either Lisa Pekel or Karen Thorne


Almina Restaurant

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