(NEW LONDON, CT, 5/10/2013) — On Saturday, May 11, the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) and the Islamic Center of New London (ICNL) will join with members of the local Muslim community to help serve food to the needy at the Parish Hall (66 Union Street).
“As Muslims, we are committed to helping those in need in our community,” said Anyssa Dhaouadi, director of youth affairs at CAIR-CT. “We are taught to show our gratitude and love for others by serving those in need. Hunger does not know color, ethnicity, or religion.”
Dhaouadi is a senior at the Science and Technology Magnet High School in New London.
“We want to show our youth that serving our community is the best way to introduce ordinary Muslims and to change negative perceptions about our faith,” said Natasha Ahmad, community affairs coordinator at ICNL. “Hopefully we can make a difference in someoneâ€™s life even for one day by sharing a meal with them.” Natasha is a resident of New London and works as a dental hygienist.
The Islamic Center of New London is at 16 Fort St. in Groton.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi, (860)514-8038, firstname.lastname@example.org