June 24, 2012
-- The Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. a non-profit domestic violence awareness organization is less than 30 days away from the official start of the National Eid Toy and Gift Drive 2012. The group has five of the six drop off collection places it set as its goal to have this year in place. Two of the newest drop off locations are the Mu'sallah in Suwanne, GA and Marie's Seafood in Decatur,GA.This year over 50 volunteers have signed up to participate. Most have been trained and office staff in place to take care of the support effort of the drive (processing applications,customer support to business owners and places of worship who have agreed to have collection containers place).
This year the group is preparing to serve up to 100 families in metro Atlanta and ship gifts to 50 students it has adopted in Ghana (all are orphans) and 50 or so famiies who do not live in the area who apply. Any family who makes 50K or less with children ages 16 or under at home full-time can apply for free toys or gifts for this coming Eid Al Fitr (one of the two Islamic holidays celebrated annually). To apply for free toys or gifts all you do is request an application from the group by email to email@example.com.
The gifts are given to all children regardless of their religion, race or color. Many day care facilities operated by Muslims who have non-Muslim clients apply to fill their toy boxes and to teach the children about diversity and sharing. Many organizations give Muslim businesses and organizations who work with children regardless of religion, race or color toys and gifts during the Christmas season. So why not Muslims do the same during our Eid Al Fitr holiday.
"We are so excited, states one volunteer (who prefers to remain annoymous) that we have expanded this drive in the Islamic community as well as in the community at large. It shows children how to be who you are and still respect the right of others to be different than you."
For anyone who has questions you can call 770-255-8500 Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm..