by: Jeff Edwards, Patch Staff
The Day of Dignity campaign is a series of events held around the nation to get help directly to people who are homeless or from low-income households.
MOUNT VERNON, NY — A national event to help the most at-risk among us is coming to Mount Vernon this weekend.
Islamic Relief USA will hold its annual Day of Dignity campaign in major cities throughout the country, including one in Mount Vernon with the Yusuf Shah Islamic Center.
The Day of Dignity campaign is a series of events held around the nation to get help directly to people who are homeless or from low-income households, according to organizers. Among other sociological conditions, access to such essential items and services as COVID-19 vaccines, medical services, dental check-ups, haircuts, school supplies and hygienic products can be out of reach for the most at risk.
“Islamic Relief USA has held the Day of Dignity event for several years,” Islamic Relief USA CEO Sharif Aly said. “The events enable people who are in some of the most difficult and stressful circumstances to get access to necessary items and services. Poverty and homelessness, unfortunately, remain major problems, and inflation has only made it more difficult for millions of others to make ends meet. In addition to basic goods, attendees also learn about the different agencies and other entities which they can connect with and continue receiving the guidance and resources necessary to help them get on a path of self-sufficiency.”
In Mount Vernon, the event will take place from noon to 4 p.m., on Saturday, at the 4th Street Playground. It is expected to help some 350 people.
In addition to assisting people who suffered from the aftereffects of COVID-19 and are struggling with the highest inflation in four decades, that has, in many cases, made food and other consumer goods more expensive, Day of Dignity will continue its original mission by helping people who have suffered from long-standing poverty, hunger, and homelessness, according to the group.
The Day of Dignity will welcome walk-ins from the community in need of assistance.
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