NECC Observer

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NECC Basketball program running item donation drive to aid Turkey and Syria earthquake victims

Basketball head coach, Darren Stratton has announced that he is partnering with the Free-range market in Medford to join relief efforts for citizens effected by the Earthquake in Turkey and Syria last week. Donations can be dropped off at the fitness center between 8:30 A.M.- 4:30 P.M this week until Saturday Feb 18. This tragedy is personal for the NECC community, three members of the basketball team Metin Yavus, Mehmet Asik and AtaSavas Kurtulus all have called Turkey Thier home.

Items that can be donated include power blankets, sleeping bags, tents, flashlights, thermos bottles, diapers, baby formula, and hygiene products for men and women. Clothing that will be accepted includes underwear, scarves, beanies, socks, raincoats, sweaters and boots.

For more information contact Athletic director Dan Blair at or the basketball head coach Darren Stanton at