BUENA PARK, CA (January 18, 2007) – Islamic Relief, in partnership with Diamond Bar-based social services organization UpLift, will be distributing food and toys to needy, recently immigrated families from East Africa this Saturday, January 20, 2007.
About one hundred families from several East African countries will be provided an average of thirty-five pounds of meat, as well as toys for children. Approximately 3,500 pounds of food will be distributed this weekend.
Islamic Relief has already distributed over 15,000 pounds of meat to needy communities in the Metro Detroit area. Another 20,000 pounds of food will be distributed in Northern and Southern California as part of this growing community-based project.
This is the second year in a row Islamic Relief has conducted the annual “Udhiyah” meat distribution in the United States, which follows the major Muslim holiday of “Eid al-Adha” (Festival of the sacrifice). Udhiyah (also known as “Qurbani”) is an Islamic religious practice involving the slaughtering of an animal.
“Just as we have expanded our annual meat distribution program internationally to benefit over 1.5 million people in 31 countries, we’re proud to do the same right here in our own neighborhoods,” said Islamic Relief spokesperson Mostafa Mahboob.
“This food and toy distribution will go a long way in helping these needy families adjust to life in their new communities and bring joy to the children,” Mahboob added.