Buena Park, CA (October 25, 2007) – As fires still rage on in Southern California, Southland residents will be gathering in Garden Grove tonight to make “Care Packages” for evacuees. The packages will be assembled at the Islamic Society of Orange County following community prayers for relief from the natural disaster.
Islamic Relief, an international aid organization with ongoing efforts in response to other disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami, will be bringing together volunteers to assemble the packages.
The packages will consist of essential hygiene items such as toothbrushes/toothpastes, hand sanitizers, masks, hand towels, and other items. The “Care Packages” will then be distributed to fire victims in the Southland.
Islamic Relief is currently collecting donations to assist victims of the fires. Islamic Relief’s aid efforts thus far have included covering food and shelter costs for evacuees in San Diego County.
Islamic Relief is coordinating with organizations working on the ground to efficiently aid the victims as quickly as possible.
Since the start of the fires on Sunday, about 2,200 structures have been destroyed and more than 431,000 acres have burned. The fires have taken place in five counties across Southern California and have resulted in the largest evacuation in the state’s history. Damage estimates from the destroyed properties have surpassed $1 billion for San Diego County alone.
Islamic Relief’s domestic projects have increased tremendously over the years. In addition to responding to emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina – where $3.2 million in aid has helped over 60,000 people – Islamic Relief is continuously involved in assisting needy individuals and families within the U.S. and working with community organizations to improve people’s livelihoods.
Islamic Relief also provided aid following the 2004 fires in Southern California, as well as after the September 11 attacks and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings.
Media professionals are encouraged to attend this community effort and may contact Islamic Relief for further details.
Southlanders Assemble “Care Packages” for Fire Victims
Tonight – Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007 6:30 pm
Islamic Society of Garden Grove
1 Al Rahman Plaza Garden Grove, CA 92844