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Muslim Groups to Launch Winter Clothing Drive for Homeless

winter-clothing(BALTIMORE, MD, 12/1/13) – On December 2, as part of its “Faith in Action” campaign, the Maryland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will partner with Project Affinity and the Islamic Society of Annapolis to launch the first annual statewide winter clothing drive.

Numerous participating area mosques will serve as drop-off locations. Items to be collected include new or gently-used coats, sweaters, gloves, scarves, and hats. 

Statistics show that approximately almost 2,500 people are homeless each night in Baltimore City. In Washington, D.C., that number triples to over 6,500 people. As cold weather sets in, they are unable to adequately protect themselves from the elements. 

Service is a significant part of the faith for Muslims. This is the first large-scale initiative of its kind involving numerous mosques and Muslim organizations that have partnered to serve the less fortunate in Maryland. 

WHEN: December 2, 2013 – December 23, 2013 

Drop-off locations:

  • Islamic Society of Western Maryland, 2036 Day Rd. Hagerstown, MD 21740
  • Islamic Society of Baltimore, 6631 Johnnycake Rd. Baltimore, MD 21244
  • Muslim Community Center, 15200 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20905
  • Dar at Taqwa, 10740 Maryland 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042
  • Islamic Society of Annapolis, 814 Brandy Farms Lane, Gambrills, MD 21054
  • Islamic Community Center of Laurel, 7306 Contee Road, Laurel, MD, 20707
  • Islamic Society of the Washington Area, 2701 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905
  • Masjid Ibn Taymiyya, 8000 Martin Luther King Jr Highway, Glenarden, MD 20706
  • Masjid Mustafa, 3312 Hollins Ferry Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227

ITEMS TO BE COLLECTED: New/gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and sweaters.

CONTACT: Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, (410) 971-6062, Irfan Aziz, irfanmaziz@gmail.com Donations will be sorted and delivered to homeless shelters in Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, D.C. 

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: Zainab Chaudry, (410) 971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com; Mariam Mirza, (301) 660-7640, info@md.cair.com

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