Muslim Youth Distribute 500 Turkey Dinner Boxes To Needy Families in Washington, DC

American Third Pillar Charities with support from the Embassy of Qatar, Plans Assembly and Distribution of 500 Turkey Dinner Box Donations for Needy Families in Washington, DC                                                                                      

The all-volunteer group will give away turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Washington, DC November 22nd 2013

WHO: American Third Pillar Charities and Qatari EmbassyImage

WHEN: Monday, November 24, 2:30 PM

WHERE:  Riverside Center 5200 Foote St NE, Washington, DC 

(Corner of Division and Foote on Marvin Gaye Park)

WHAT: Second Annual Turkey Giveaway

WHY: There are many families in the District of Columbia that suffer with food insufficiency.  American Third Pillar Charities (ATP) is an all-volunteer group of Muslims who live and work in the DMV and donate their time to provide charity for the District’s less fortunate.  Director of Outreach for the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik and Ward 7 Council person for DC, Yvette Alexander, will be working with ATP anlong with Rahim Jenkins, Muslim Advocacy Comminssion of Washington, DC to disseminate these turkey dinner boxes.  

According to www.dchunger.org, 12.6 percent of all households in the District of Columbia were food insecure in 2009-2011.  4.4 percent were considered to have “very low food security.” People that fall into this USDA category had more severe problems, experiencing deeper hunger and cutting back or skipping meals on a more frequent basis for both adults and children.

The prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, ‘You are not a believer if you go to bed with your stomach full and your neighbor is hungry’.

Contact: Mohamad Maraqa (817) 903-7330, American Third Pillar Charities http://www.thirdpillar.org/ 

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik 202-345-5233, imamjohari@gmail.com

American Third Pillar Charities (ATPC) is a non-profit faith-based organization founded in 2011 by local DC Metro residents.  Its mission is to provide basic essentials to those in need, in accordance with the third pillar of Islam “zakat” or poor-due.  Over the course of the past two years ATPC has partnered with DC Central Kitchen and other area organizations, on a number of projects, including food drives.  ATPC focuses its efforts on the DC Metro area.

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