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U.S. Muslims Collect Relief Aid For Lebanon, Palestine

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. MUSLIMS COLLECT RELIEF AID FOR LEBANON, PALESTINE
CAIR asks Americans of all faiths to gather supplies after weekly prayers

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/24/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on Americans of all faiths to collect humanitarian relief supplies for delivery to Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. CAIR is urging that the supplies be collected following regular congregational prayers this week in American mosques, churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship.

Life for Relief and Development (LIFE), a 501(c)(3) organization that is registered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has agreed to receive the humanitarian supplies and deliver them those in need. SEE: Life for Relief and Development, http://www.lifeusa.org

CAIR is asking that actual relief supplies be gathered because of the severe restrictions currently placed on financial aid by the U.S. government.

“A strong humanitarian response by the American people will send a powerful message of hope and support to the Lebanese and Palestinian men, women and children caught up in the current humanitarian disaster,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad said CAIR is asking religious leaders of all faiths to announce this important humanitarian effort and to aid in collecting and sending the supplies to LIFE.

He recommended that those wishing to send relief supplies fill a box with just one of the following items: diapers, water purification tablets (may be obtained at most camping stores), flour, rice, sugar, cooking oil, powdered milk, lentils

By placing only one type of item in the box, LIFE can speed delivery by saving time spent sorting supplies in its warehouse.

* Food should be mailed in small boxes, no larger than 16”×12”×12.”
* Diapers should be mailed in medium-sized boxes, no larger than 24”×18”×18.”
* The maximum weight of each box should not exceed 40 pounds.
* Each box should contain only ONE TYPE of the relief supplies listed above. (Example: a box of lentils)
* No pork or alcohol products will be accepted.

Boxes may be mailed to:

LIFE for Relief & Development
Lebanon/Palestine Relief Effort
17300 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075
Tel: (248) 424-7493, Toll Free: 1-800-827-3543, Fax: (248) 424-8325, E-Mail: life@lifeusa.org

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates 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.

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist’s window to the Muslim community. To subscribe to ISLAM-INFONET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/islam-infonet/

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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