Six weeks ago Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and to show support for the relief efforts, a local church paired up with the Turkish Cultural Center tonight for a cooking class and a dinner to raise money as the island rebuilds
An -over capacity crowd turned out to the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant to learn how various Turkish foods from a special desert to Bosnian Burek, a pastry-like dish are prepared in a hands-on experience.
And after having to watch the food be prepared, they got to eat it! Two different cultures, one place, preparing and sharing a meal, all for a good cause.
Executive Director at the Erie Turkish Cultural Center Bunyamin Aysan, who first came to the us seven years ago from Turkey says he felt it was his duty as an American citizen to reach out to the citizens of the United States territory.
“I'm a citizenship, I work here, I pay my taxes, this is my country.” said Aysan “So the Puerto Rican people are citizenship too. That's the feeling, we're together, we have to help them."
All proceeds from the dinner went to the American Red Cross's efforts to help those down Puerto Rico recover.