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US Muslims holds clothing drive campaign to help homeless
As the winter approaches, different Muslim groups across the US have launched special clothing drives to help the needy and homeless in different American states.
“As winter quickly approached, during the month of November, ICNA Relief volunteers organized efforts to protect them from the upcoming harsh winter weather,” the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)'s Winter Clothing Drive, said on its website.
“Many different winter articles and clothing were distributed among the refugees including but not limited to: Winter coats, jackets, boots, shoes, gloves, long johns, medications for the sick members, comforters, bed sheets and pillows.”
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During its campaign, ICNA efforts were first launched to serve the local community in various areas.
Their efforts were not limited to helping American needy and homeless only.
Similar drives were launched to collect aid to Burma Muslims and Iraqi refugees.
“While focusing on these Burmese families, ICNA relief also provided help for Iraqi refugee families with winter clothing and their basic necessities,”
ICNA was not the only Muslim organization who extended a helping hand.
The Maryland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced its plans to partner with Project Affinity and the Islamic Society of Annapolis to launch the first annual statewide winter clothing drive.
Planned on December 2, the winter clothing drive is considered part of its "Faith in Action" campaign.
In this effort, numerous mosques in the area will participate by serving as drop-off locations.
Items to be collected include new or gently-used coats, sweaters, gloves, scarves, and hats.
Another Warmth drive was launched by New York’s Muslim Giving Back from September 1 till December 21.
Statistics show that approximately almost 2,500 people are homeless each night in Baltimore City.
In Washington, DC, that number triples to over 6,500 people. As cold weather sets in, they are unable to adequately protect themselves from the elements.
The United States is home to a Muslim minority of between six to eight million.