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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Islamic Relief Coordinates Nationwide Effort to Serve the Homeless in Ramadan‏


For the sixth consecutive year, Muslims across the United States will be taking to the streets to help serve the homeless while fasting in the month of Ramadan. The annual “Humanitarian Day” event for the homeless and needy, coordinated nationwide by Islamic Relief for the third year, is expanding to 19 cities this year and will serve an estimated 25,000 needy people in the weekend of Sept. 29-30.

Thousands of volunteers will be busy providing essentials to the homeless, such as a warm meal, a gift package including hygiene and emergency kits, bath towels, clothing, blankets, ponchos, or toys for children. In addition, beneficiaries will also be provided with free health screenings.
“My first experience of Humanitarian Day was something I will never forget; something I will probably carry for the rest of my life,” noted a first-time volunteer.

The Boston Herald reported, “‘You don't see much out there to try to help people who are in need,' a homeless veteran said…It was a declaration of appreciation for the ‘Humanitarian Day for the Homeless' event at the center, sponsored by Islamic Relief.”