The Council on American-Islamic Relations is asking Americans of all faiths to collect humanitarian relief supplies for delivery to Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories.
CAIR is appealing to religious leaders to collect supplies following regular congregational prayers this week in American mosques, churches, synagogues and other houses of worship.
Life for Relief and Development, a 501(c)(3) organization that is registered with the United States Agency for International Development, has agreed to receive the humanitarian supplies and deliver them to those in need.
The organization is recommending that those wishing to send relief supplies fill a box with just one of the following items: diapers, water purification tablets (available at most camping stores), flour, rice, sugar, cooking oil, powdered milk and lentils.
Food should be mailed in small boxes and diapers in medium-size boxes. Each box should weigh no more than 40 pounds. No pork or alcohol products will be accepted.
Boxes may be mailed to: LIFE for Relief & Development, Lebanon/Palestine Relief Effort, 17300 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075. For information, call 248-424-7493 or 1-800-827-3543, fax 248-424-8325, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide, including one in New London.