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February 08, 2023 | Shannon Smith

Knoxville restaurant owner raises over $100,000 for earthquake relief

Yassin of Yassin's Falafel House has family in Syria impacted by the devastating earthquake that hit there and Turkey earlier this week. You can donate now to help him feed survivors of this disaster.

Yassin Terou is known for two things in Knoxville. The first is making great falafel. The second is for helping anyone who needs it.

The owner of Yassin’s Falafel House, which has three locations between Knoxville and Alcoa, is doing what he can to help the survivors of the devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria just a few days ago.

Terou, a refugee from Syria, took to Twitter on February 6, asking people to donate so that he can set up a soup kitchen to feed survivors of the quake. He has family on the ground in the area and plans to be there himself in a few days.

“The affected area is home to a lot of people in poverty and refugees,” Terou wrote on Twitter. “I have family on the ground in this area sending me the news updates. I am now working with a non-profit organization here in the US, and also in Turkey. I now am asking for YOUR help. I am planning to travel within a week to be on the border of Turkey, to set up soup kitchen stations, and to help provide basic needs.”

Since posting a link to his fundraiser, Terou surpassed his $20,000 fundraising goal in less than a day. At the time of this article’s publication, he’s raised just over $100,000.

“Almost 100k in about 48 hours,” Terou tweeted on February 8. “When community comes together nothing can stop them.”

According to the fundraising page, most of Terou’s family is still in Syria and one of his brothers is in Gaziantep, Turkey, where he is currently displaced from his residence due to the earthquake.

Yassin has partnered with SRD and CelebrateMercy to bring meals to those in need suffering after this unimaginable crisis. Please join Yassin to help satiate their hunger and prevent more suffering in the region.

You can donate to help here.

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