The Islamic Shura Council of Michigan (ISCOM) organized a volunteer drive at Gleaners Food Bank in Detroit.
The volunteers packaged food items to be sent to charitable food distribution locations within Detroit.
This effort was carried out in conjunction with the ‘ISCOM Food Pantry’. All the food that the volunteers packaged was purchased by ISCOM food Pantry.
The ISCOM food Pantry will be sending the food boxes to the Detroit Muslim Center to be distributed among the needy.
The boxes contained canned food, cereal, rice, tuna, spaghetti, cookies and snacks.
Executive Assistant of ISCOM, Raheem Hanifa organized the event.
“There are always a number of Christian groups and also people from other faiths, who are active in charitable work. We as Muslims need to play a greater role in charitable work because charity and service is an essential aspect of Islam.” He said.
He also said that since it is Ramadan, this is the time to take hold of these opportunities because “blessings are increased.”
There were around 45-50 volunteers who turned up and worked from 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm
“A total of 20,000 pounds of food was packaged, today, and each pound equals one meal, so that’s 20,000 meals you helped package!” said Alma Perez, the Volunteer Coordinator at Gleaners Food Bank.
Adam Siddiqui, a volunteer noted that in recent times more “notice is being taken” with regards to Muslims volunteering their time and effort for charitable causes.
Ali Kaakarli, another volunteer however said, “We have very bad publicity and we need to change that by contributing like this.”
Volunteer Kamal Mohammed looked tired as the afternoon came to a close. “We helped a lot of People today…It’s Ramadan, so I’m trying to volunteer for those who need our assistance and that’s a charity” he said, looking satisfied.
When asked how he found out about this volunteer drive, he simply answered “It was on Face book”.
“I hope they will come again, they all seemed to have enjoyed it and looked like they were in the spirit of Ramadan” Hanifa Said.