Listen to B.C. Dodge and R. Mordant Mahon discuss using Martin Luther King Day for more than shopping or catching up on TV, on this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast.

At IRUSA, Martin Luther King Day wasn’t a day off for catching up on your favorite show. It was a day of service.

It was for making sandwiches for the homeless. For painting a classroom for low-income children. (Talk about getting your hands dirty. And your clothes. Carl insists that some paint got on the walls too.) It was even a day for protecting trees from beavers.

“Oh, that’s a great idea — maybe I should get off my butt and do something on that day,” Mordant says.

On this week’s podcast, listen to voices at America’s Islamic Heritage Museum in Washington, D.C., where volunteers and staff shared 300 hot meals and 10,000 pounds of fresh produce with the community.

“It helps me serve my family … and we enjoy this to the utmost,” said Ann, after picking up her fruits and vegetables.

There were warmed hearts and there were freezing toes. And there were sober moments, like when Carl’s son told him he couldn’t hand out the sweet potatoes because they had no home and no oven to bake them. In the capital of the United States. Fifteen minutes from Carl’s home.

And at the end, you can find out why Mordant tells Carl to quit whining.

“What a Relief!” is the official podcast of Islamic Relief USA. Co-hosted by social media specialist B.C. Dodge, and Mordant Mahon, IRUSA’s “What a Relief!” puts a human face on what’s going on in the world and how you can enact positive change in it. New episodes every week!


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