(BUENA PARK, CA October 12, 2006) – “I really like it because they made me feel really good. They upped my spirits,” said a middle-aged, female beneficiary of a previous ‘Humanitarian Day’ event. Now in its fifth year, the annual ‘Humanitarian Day’ for the homeless has expanded to 14 cities across the United States and is expected to serve 20,000 people nationwide.
International relief and development organization Islamic Relief is one of the lead coordinators of the event. In partnership with Los Angeles-based ILM Foundation, and community organizations within each of the 14 cities, this year’s event has come a far way since its inception in Downtown LA’s ‘skid row’ in 2002.
Thousands of volunteers in the 14 cities will be in local neighborhoods on October 14-15 to provide essential services to the homeless population. In previous years, attendees received a warm meal and a gift package including hygiene and emergency kits, bath towels, clothing, blankets, ponchos and toys for children. In addition, critical health services will be provided free of charge, including a health screening, HIV/AIDS screenings, flu vaccinations, educational materials and referral information. There will also be various booths staffed by community organizations that offer social and health services.
The event is taking place in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims are encouraged to donate to the poor and needy. Every year in the month of Ramadan, Muslims across the world fast from dawn until sunset, abstaining from food, drink, and conjugal relations.
WHAT: 5th Annual ‘Humanitarian Day’ for the Homeless
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15
WHERE: Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New Orleans, New York, Portland, Washington D.C.
CONTACT: Islamic Relief, email@example.com, (888) 479-4968, www.irw.org