Saudi Student Association of Lasell College and ICNA Relief MA Team Up To Spread Warmth Among The Homeless
The Saudi Student Association of Lasell College in collaboration with ICNA Relief Massachusetts organized a clothing drive to benefit the homeless in Boston, MA. Students collected warm winter clothing which they distributed in the memory of Abdullah Alkadi, a Saudi student killed in California by a man who expressed interest in buying his car.
A clothing drive was held during Jummah prayers at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center ISBCC after which items were sorted and bagged. Then on December 6th, students braved the cold and distributed the clothing locally to homeless individuals, who were surprised yet appreciative of the effort.
ICNA Relief MA would like to thank the Saudi Student Association for organizing a successful clothing drive which benefited many homeless individuals on the streets of Boston. The students exemplified the example of the Prophet Muhammad in their dedication and care for those less fortunate. May Allah reward them for their efforts - Ameen.
The students were inspired after volunteering with ICNA Relief MA Winter Blessing Bag Distribution and helping with the distribution of children's winter coats at a local area pre-school in a low income community.
University of Illinois Students Travel to New York To Participate in ICNA Relief's Brooklyn Rebuild
Even two years after Hurricane Sandy, many homeowners still don’t have their lives back together because the damage to their homes was so extensive that they’re still rebuilding.
Earlier this year, ICNA Relief held a New York Rebuild on Long Island along with Nechama, the Jewish disaster response agency, to repair Sandy-damaged homes on Long Island.
Just before Thanksgiving, ICNA Relief held another rebuild in Brooklyn, NY this year in collaboration with Resurrection Brooklyn and Rebuilding Together NYC to repair homes Sandy damaged in Sheepshead Bay. The former is network of Presbyterian churches currently on a mission to provide resources and assistance to homeowners rebuilding homes destroyed by Sandy.
Rebuilding Together NYC, is a non-profit housing organization that "provide[s] free critical home repairs for low-income homeowners, primarily those who are elderly, disabled, and veterans with help from volunteers."
Forty students from the Muslim Student Association of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign came out from more than 800 miles away to volunteer with ICNA Relief USA. For two days, the students with guidance from experts from Resurrection Brooklyn and Rebuilding Together NYC have been mudding and taping drywall in three houses across Sheepshead Bay.
Disaster Relief Is At Our Core
Alhumdulillah! ICNA Relief's Br. Abdul Rauf Khan just received an award from Miami-Dade County's "Communities Organized to Respond in Emergencies" (M-D C.O.R.E.) in appreciation for our disaster response services. C.O.R.E. is a coalition of faith-based and community organizations established to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the community when affected by a disaster.