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Friday, August 10, 2018

US Muslim Charity to Host #OneNationOneCause in 35 states

Back2School Drive Across 35 States, 70+ Cities over 30 Days

The national non-profit, ICNA RELIEF ( Islamic Circle of North America Relief; www.icnarelief.org), will distribute backpacks and supplies to children in need, as part of their #OneNationOneCause Back2School drives across 35 states and Puerto Rico, in more than 100 cities, over 30 days. *Partners include varied faith groups, non-profits, libraries and village halls.

ICNA Relief USA’s MA Field Office will conduct their first distribution on Aug. 11, 2018 where they will distribute 500 backpacks and supplies, a $20,000 value, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM at 100 Malcolm X Blvd. Boston, MA 02120. They will also be contributing backpacks and supplies to their partner organizations.

ICNA Relief Back 2 School Giveaway
Saturday August 11, 2018
3:00PM to 5:00PM
100 Malcolm X Blvd, Boston, MA 02120

“Do you remember the joy of having brand new school supplies? Many of these children don’t,” said Malika MacDonald, Director, ICNA Relief Massachusetts. “The sight of hundreds of parents and children, lining up hours before the distribution starts, is heartbreaking and humbling.” 

“ This drive, #OneNationOneCause, is an expression of solidarity. We invite anyone who wants to conduct a school supply drive, or even spread awareness, to partner with us. We stand together, and are committed to being there for our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable. These are Islamic principles and universal human values in action. We are grateful to all our partners for coming together as one,” said Mr. Maqsood Ahmed, CEO, ICNA Relief.

In 2017 alone, ICNA Relief distributed 27,075 backpacks with supplies, in 187 locations in 26 states. Since 2009, ICNA Relief has distributed 150,000 backpacks filled with supplies, nationwide to needy children.Its services, through 56 chapters, include 16 transitional shelters for women and children; on of which is in Boston, car donations, refugee assimilation programs, professional counseling and food pantries.

To host a Back2School drive, volunteer, be a sponsor or to partner email malika@icnarelief.org. Supplies can be shipped or checks can be mailed to ICNA Relief, 100 Malcolm X Blvd, Boston, MA 02120. Financial donations can be made at icnarelief.org/back2school. Deadline: August 8.

The following states have events:  AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IOWA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NM,  NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC,  TN, TX,  VA, WA, WI and Puerto Rico.
*Partners (new additions daily): Islamic Multi Service Organization, Elevate Boston, Burma Task Force, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, Discovering Hidden Gems and the Bobby Mendes Peace Legacy.

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