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Atlanta Muslims to Distribute Food, Clothing, Toys to Families in Need During Ramadan

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 Hundreds of Muslims from the Atlanta area will help distribute food, clothing, and toys and provide health screenings to more than 1000 local homeless people this Ramadan as part of Islamic Relief USA's (IR USA) annual Day of Dignity campaign.

In its eighth year, Day of Dignity is an nationwide campaign that recruits more than 2000 volunteers who in turn, serve around 20,000 homeless and people in need in 22 cities throughout America. Atlanta's event, which is in its third year, will take place at the Giving Back To Humanity from 11 am to 4 pm.

"Day of Dignity is an event that should take place 365 days out of the year, ever year," said Saleem Khaled, manager of domestics programs at IR USA. "But until we can reach that capacity, we will take whatever opportunity we can get -- especially in the holy month of Ramadan - to encourage others to give of their time, of their wealth, and of their compassion to those in need."

NOTE: For details on other upcoming, please visit: www.dayofdignity.com. To learn how to get involved, please contact Nazia Hossain, IR USA volunteer coordinator, at 703-370-7202, Nazia@IslamicReliefUSA.org or Amjad Taufique, Day of Dignity Atlanta event coordinator, at 678-596-0724, amjadtaufique59@yahoo.com.

Co-sponsors of this event include: SHARE Atlanta; Giving Back to Humanity; Sisters United in Human Services, Inc.; Project Downtown, an MSA initiative; Custodians of Faith and local mosques.

Inspired by Islam's values on charitable giving and community development, IR USA is a relief organization dedicated to alleviating poverty through disaster relief and development projects in the U.S. and globally for communities regardless of color, race, religion, or creed.

For the seventh consecutive year, Islamic Relief USA has been awarded four stars by Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the country. This prestigious award puts Islamic Relief among the top 2.25 percent of charities in the nation. To learn more, visit, www.islamicreliefusa.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rabiah Ahmed at 202-439-1441, rahmed@islamicreliefusa.org

WHAT: Day of Dignity in Atlanta WHEN: Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 11 am to 4 pm WHERE: Giving Back To Humanity, 92 Broad Street, Atlanta GA 30303

SOURCE Islamic Relief USA
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