Fans of Turkish soccer club Beşiktaş J.K. toss stuffed toys onto pitch for children affected by earthquakes
Fans of the Turkish soccer club Beşiktaş J.K. tossed thousands of soft toys onto the pitch during Sunday's match against Antalyaspor to donate to the children affected by the devastating earthquakes that affected Turkey and Syria earlier in the month.
Fans began to throw the toys at the 4:17 mark in the game to signal the time of day that the first earthquake struck the region on Feb. 6.
Many of the toys were stuffed bears, rabbits and other animals. As the toys gathered on the edges of the pitch, players ran out to collect them and thank the fans.
Çocuklar hep gülsün. pic.twitter.com/JWyzKTLgD2
— Beşiktaş JK (@Besiktas) February 26, 2023
According to the Associated Press, the death toll as a result of the earthquakes has surpassed 47,000.
Among the victims was Ghanian soccer player Christian Atsu, who was found dead under the building where he lived, according to his agent. Atsu was 31 and had been playing for his club, Hatayspor.
On Feb. 20, two weeks after the first wave of tremors, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked Turkey’s Hatay province.
The club is located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, in the northeastern edge of the city. The match ended in a 0-0 draw.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fans of Turkish soccer's Beşiktaş toss toys onto pitch for earthquakes