In the winter of 2011, the Fuel Relief Fund team responded to a major earthquake in Van, Turkey. Nearly a million people were left without power. Upon arrival, the Fuel Relief Fund team realized that many displaced families had access to coal burning stoves. Within two days of arriving, the team purchased 82 tons of coal and distributed it to those most in need: the elderly, poor, sick, and single mothers. Amongst the rubble and the snow, families created make-shift tents and huddled together to stay warm. These efforts helped survivors keep warm for a month while in temporary shelters, tents, and homes.