Philadelphia Muslims to Serve Neighbors in Need on National ‘Day of Dignity’

PHILADELPHIA, P.A., Sept. 21, 2011—Philadelphia Muslims will distribute food, clothing, books, toys and hygiene kits on Saturday, Oct. 1, during the annual Day of Dignity campaign sponsored by the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia and Islamic Relief USA. Other local sponsors include CAIR-Philadelphia, PriceMaster Corporation, and U-Haul.

In its ninth year, Day of Dignity is a nationwide campaign in which more than 2,000 volunteers will serve approximately 20,000 homeless and people in need in 15 locations throughout the United States. This will be Philadelphia’s fifth consecutive year participating in this event.

Location: 1201 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA (on Callowhill between 12th and 13th)
Date: October 1, 2011
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Services: Food distribution, hygiene supplies, health screenings, HIV testing, clothing distribution, etc.
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“The Day of Dignity event is about communities coming together to address long-standing problems and challenges,” said Kyle Ismail, programs manager at Islamic Relief USA. “Islamic Relief USA is issuing a call to service for all Muslim organizations, especially those that are in partnerships with faith-based communities to serve marginalized communities.”

The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia is a proud sponsor of Day of Dignity. Inspired by the mission and vision of Islamic Relief, members of the Unitarian church are committed to work towards a more just, peaceful, compassionate, and equitable urban community. Reverend Nate Walker, minister of the church, says, “We partner in this annual interfaith event for three reasons: to preserve the inherent worth and dignity of our homeless neighbors; to promote compassion in human relations; and to affirm the goal of a world community. When working together we are truly united.”

Other cities participating in Day of Dignity include Washington, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Seattle, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Minneapolis, Flint, MI, Phoenix, and Portland, OR.

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