|Collecting Supplies for Survivors of Explosion at Texas Fertilizer Plant|
ICNA Relief USA is deeply saddened to hear of the lives lost and injuries sustained from the deadly explosion in West, TX on Wednesday 4/17/13. All are in our prayers.
ICNA Relief USA's disaster response team members are in constant contact with state and local agencies, as well as partner agencies from Texas VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters) to stay up to date on current status, while supporting the community's efforts.
Because this small town's community is so tightly knit, the need for Red Cross emergency shelters is very small. Although, survivors who are temporarily living with family and neighbors may have urgent needs for additional food and will probably need financial assistance in recovering from the impact to their homes and furnishings. Currently, in Houston and Dallas, ICNA Relief USA is working with its local chapters and the local Muslim community to gather needed supplies which include baby items, senior items, hygiene products, new/packaged clothing, and non-perishable foods. We will work with local partner agencies in West, TX to distribute these goods to those in need. Monetary donations are also being accepted to help support the survivors of this deadly explosion.
Volunteers in the Dallas, TX area and in Houston are collecting funds and food, and standing by to further assist, as needed.
Houston POC: Abdur Rehman Badat (281) 857-1615
The Vigil With My Fellow Bostonians
ICNA Relief USA’s Boston Field Office Director; Malika MacDonald stands in solidarity with her fellow Americans. On Tuesday, April 16, 2013 hundreds of people gathered on Boston Commons to hold a candlelight vigil for those killed and injured during the Boston Marathon bombings. The location of the vigil was just blocks from where the tragic attack took place. “As a Bostonian, born and raised in Massachusetts, I felt a responsibility to be at the vigil with my fellow Bostonians. As an Irish American Muslim, I felt a deeper obligation to attend as the face of Islam in America, representing the organization I work for; ICNA Relief USA.” said Malika. ICNA Relief USA strives to develop relationships through community service, which foster greater tolerance and understanding. “This is my city, it was an attack on my city and my neighbors, I stand united with Boston and will do my share to help my city heal” expressed Malika.Add a comment
Boy killed in Boston blast wrote, 'No more hurting people'
Almost a year ago, 8-year-old Martin Richard wrote four simple words on a sign at school. "No more hurting people", it said.
For the camera, he held up the bright blue sign decorated with hearts framing the word "Peace."
Here’s a guest book that people can sign for Martin: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/...Add a comment
Dream Ended At Mile 21
Jalon Fowler; As a 2013 Boston Marathon participant, I am deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic events.I am heartbroken for my beloved running community, friends, family and all those affected by these horrific events.
This was my third Boston Marathon and I was on pace for my best finish to-date. However, the dream ended at mile 21 when the race was shut down due to explosions at the finish line. At this point, we were all quickly ushered off the course and told that, in addition to the finish line explosions, there were several suspicious packages being investigated. We were all heartbroken, devastated and scared by this news. During this time, we hugged each other and shared cell phones to contact loved ones. Thankfully, my husband and two young children were with me at mile 21. Since our car was close by, we drove a fellow, stranded runner home. Unfortunately, my other family members were waiting for me at the finish line when the explosions happened and had to run for safety.
I put my heart and soul into training and raising money for The Boys and Clubs of Boston and The Ron Burton Training Village and can’t believe it ended in such a tragic way. I love Boston. I love the Boston running community. I can’t wait to proudly run these streets again. I will run the Boston Marathon until my body cannot take it anymore, God willing, for those that cannot.
I pray that whoever is responsible for these horrific acts are brought to justice. It was irrefutably an act of cowardice and evil.
We Are With Boston
JAMAICA, New York (April 15, 2013) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) expresses its outrage at the bomb attacks today on the Boston Marathon. The senseless attack left at least three people dead and many more injured including several who have lost their limbs.
ICNA joins fellow Americans in prayer for the victims and their families during this horrific incident. Read More