(CINCINNATI, OHIO, 11/24/2008) – The Cincinnati office of CAIR-Ohio, along with the Islamic Association of Cincinnati and the Muslim Student Association at the University of Cincinnati, are coordinating a food drive to help feed the needy for the Thanksgiving and Islamic Eid holidays.
Over the past weekend, some 30 food baskets and 130 turkeys were distributed to needy families in Cincinnati. Muslim families, including children, helped collect and distribute the food. The Muslim Student Association continues to collect and distribute winter coats as part of this effort.
The food and turkeys were donated by Muslims families as a way to reach out to fellow Cincinnatians at a time when the need for food assistance is increasing due to the growing economic crisis. Thanksgiving this year falls on November 27 and Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday following the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, is expected to fall on or about December 8.
“The holidays are a time when it is especially important to let needy families know that they are not forgotten,” said CAIR Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub. “As Americans and as Muslims it is important for us to reach out a helping hand to all regardless of religion.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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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