Any family (who has children age 16 and under in the home at least 50% of the time) that makes 50K per year or less is encouraged to apply for free toys/gifts that will be shipped by www.muslimtoysanddolls.com to their home or masjid/Islamic center by Eid day. Grandparents, foster parents and extended family members are encourage to apply for gifts via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All who want to purchase a toy to donate or contribute money towards shipping (average cost $20.00 per family) can visit the web site of Muslim Toys and Dolls at www.muslimtoysanddolls.com to donate. Please mention that you are placing your toy/gift order for the annual Eid toy and gift drive coordinated by Baitul Salaam or make a donation towards the shipping of toys to financially struggling families for Eid Al Fitr 2011. You can also donate directly to the Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. and state that the donation is for shipping toy packages visit www.baitulsalaam.net to use your credit card or PayPal.com account to donate money to the organization for the drive.
To date Muslim Toys and Dolls the drive sponsor has been able to collect 500+ toys/gifts donated from various toy and gift manufacturers and retailers from all over the globe. The company owned by Debbie Al Harbi carries a great variety of items that are suited for the most discerning taste in items specifically of interest to Muslim families. The business operated by Ms. Al Harbi and her son is an efficiently managed operation. They will take great care to gift wrap each toy that will be shipped to families who qualify for free toys/gifts through the National Eid Toy and Gift Drive 2010. The company donated approximately $22,000 in toys from their inventory last year to the drive.
The drive also has a local component. Many Islamic communities like Masjid Omar in Norcross, GA and the Islamic Center of Marietta, GA assist with collecting toys and gifts during the month of Ramadan. These toys/gifts are distributed locally to families who meet the program criteria. Many organizations such as The Muslim Girl Scouts in metro Atlanta participate in the drive as volunteers. The Muslimah Consultative Group, GammaGammachi (Beta chapter) in Washington, DC, the Girl’s Volleyball Team (masjid Omar), Rialto Masjid in Rialto, CA and as many as 40 individuals are serving as volunteers in this years drive.
The celebration of feasting, visiting neighbors and gift giving that follows the 29 or 30 days of fasting during the month of Ramadan; the ninth month of the Islamic year (the month when the Holy Quran was revealed) is called Eid Al Fitr. This year the fast is expected to begin July 31 or August 1(depending on the physical sighting of the moon in the US).
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