Local Muslim Charity to Host #OneNationOneCause Back2School Drive in Metro Detroit, over 30 days; Community Donations Welcome
July 27th, Detroit, AMI: On July 27th, at 3pm the local non-profit, ICNA Relief’s Muslim Family Services (Islamic Circle of North America; www.muslimfamilyservices.org), will distribute backpacks and supplies to children in need, as part of their #OneNationOneCause Back2School Drive held in metro Detroit, over 30 days.
ICNA Relief Michigan intends to distribute 1,200 backpacks and supplies locally, a $7,000 (adapt) value. Additionally, we will provide free food and fun activities. The mega distribution event will take place on July 27th, 2019 from 3 pm to 8 pm at the Islamic Center of Detroit (14350 Tireman Ave, Detroit, MI 48228) This drive is in collaboration with partners including local faith groups, non-profits, libraries, and village halls.
The community-at-large is being invited to support the effort. Supplies can be shipped or checks can be mailed to Muslim Family Services, 12346 McDougall St. Detroit, MI 48212. Deadline for in-kind or online donations at icnarelief.org/back2school: July 24th. To volunteer, be a sponsor or partner, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also support ICNA Relief through Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com).
“In order to truly break the cycle of poverty we must start with the children and their education. Education is power, it gives people the chance to go beyond what their circumstances may allow. Muslim Family Services and its partners realize this and together we aim to empower these young children and give them the right to an education that every child deserves. In their eyes these arent just backpacks we are handing out, they are opportunities.” said Summi Akther, Director, Muslim Family Services.
In Detroit alone partners include: Islamic Center of Detroit, Historic Masjid Wali Muhamad, The Muslim Center, Brown Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, The Muslim House. The list grows daily.
“This drive, #OneNationOneCause, is an expression of solidarity. We stand together, and are committed to being there for our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable. These are Islamic principles and universal human values in action. We are grateful to all our partners for coming together as one,” said Mr. Maqsood Ahmed, ICNA Relief CEO.
In 2018 alone, ICNA Relief distributed 43,000 backpacks with supplies, in over a hundred locations in 35 states. Since 2009, ICNA Relief has distributed nearly a quarter million backpacks filled with supplies, nationwide to needy children. Its services, provided through 56 chapters, include 17 transitional shelters for women and children, car donations, refugee assimilation programs, professional counseling, and food pantries.
The following states have events: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI and Puerto Rico.