At least 24 people have died after strong thunderstorms and tornadoes pounded the Midwest earlier this week.
Although suffering damages caused by the storm, ICNA Relief USA's local staff in Kansas City sprang into action, setting up coordination between local volunteers and disaster responders. They were immediately embraced and welcomed, due to the reputation earned by ICNA Relief USA's Disaster Relief Services nationwide. We immediately began providing support for those already on the ground, including first responders and local VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) groups.
ICNA Relief is feeding around 200 first responders and VOAD volunteers for lunch and dinner, plus snacks and water. We are committed to supporting mass feeding efforts for the next week, as needed.
We were requested to help establish Donation Management. We communicated, collaborated, coordinated, and cooperated with 9 local churches (at the end of Day 1), to streamline the donations collections and distribution process. ICNA Relief obtained temporary storage space, nearby and worked with VOAD organizations to establish convenient community points of distribution.
We are also supporting Volunteer Management, with local volunteer recruitment center and organizations needing additional volunteers, and organizing weekend clean-up with local Muslim volunteers.
Being recognized and appreciated as a Muslim faith-based organization with a good reputation, while providing services is beneficial to our local community's need, is a blessing for the giver and the receiver.
This is the city where one of our staff members was spit on for wearing a hijab at a gas station. Not today. Alhumdulillah.
When ICNA Relief provided food to first responders at New Life Church in Oak Grove, MO, the pastor there said, "We can get KFC and Pizza Hut anyday...tell the Muslim sisters the Christian brother loved the food."