Mallory Terry, who lives on a Northwest Baltimore block in Upton where half the rowhouses are vacant, wasn't expecting to see a throng of people collecting food and clothing outside the Ul-Haqq mosque when she took her two sons for a walk yesterday.
After pausing briefly to ask if the bonanza was open to anyone, she collected apples, water, soda, spaghetti, corn and two bags of clothes, blankets and toiletries. Then she graciously thanked several volunteers.
Terry, 23, said she isn't in dire straits, but as a mother of two young sons, she takes all the help she can get.
"We need more things like this to help the community," she said, before calling out for her 4-year-old son Josiah to return to her side. "A lot of people around here don't have enough to buy food and can't get enough to eat."
Several dozen volunteers provided about 600 people with food, clothing and health screenings yesterday as part of the seventh annual Humanitarian Day, in which Muslims in 19 cities are expected to feed 25,000 over the weekend in an effort to serve others during the holy month of Ramadan. The national event was coordinated by Islamic Relief, a global charity. Food was donated by Whole Foods and other supplies were prepared and donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (READ MORE)