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Ramadan stirs Long Island Muslim group to give away free school bags and school supplies
Jamaica, New York (August 13, 2010) - The Long Island chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America plans to give away free school bags and school supplies to the Wyandanch community this Saturday, August 14th 2010, during the holy month of Ramadan.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is expected at the inauguration of the event and will hand out the first school bag. 500 school bags will be given out to the public at the event, one bag per child present. Each bag will be filled with several supplies, including notebooks, pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, rulers, crayons, and more.
This initiative hopes to cater to needs of low income families in the Wyandanch community. Many families are under financial pressure; some have lost jobs and find it difficult to buy school supplies for their children. Besides abstaining from food and drink during daytime hours, the month of Ramadan gives special importance to increasing in charitable acts. Fasting in Ramadan also develops compassion for those who are poor and needy, thereby inspiring the act of giving. Through the Back to School Giveaway, ICNA hopes to both help struggling families provide for their children and inspire the American Muslim community to partake in this commendable act.
The Wyandanch event is a part of a larger project; this month, giveaways are also being hosted by ICNA in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Westchester. Last Saturday the event was held in the South Bronx, where also 500 school bags were given out. According to ICNA-NY Outreach Director Omar Ranginwala, “The event began with the long line of attendees reaching the end of the block…After receiving the school bags people left with smiles.”
Date & Time:
Saturday, August 14, 2010
11:00am – 1:00pm
Project Allahu Akbar Community Center
133 N. 22nd St, Wyandanch, NY 11798
Islamic Circle of North America—NY
166-26 89th Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432
Office: 1-646-820-ICNA (4262)
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The Islamic Circle of North America is an American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through promoting Islamic values. ICNA works to build community relations by devoting itself to education, outreach, and social service.