D.C. Metro Muslims to Distribute Food, Clothing, Books, Toys and Hygiene Kits to Families in Need

"Day of Dignity" event is part of Islamic Relief USA's annual nationwide campaign

Dec 13, 2010, 14:40 ET from Islamic Relief USA

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of Muslims from the Washington metropolitan area will help distribute food, winter clothing, books, toys and hygiene kits to more than 2,000 local people in need as part of Islamic Relief USA's (IR USA) annual Day of Dignity campaign.

In its eighth year, Day of Dignity is a nationwide campaign that recruits more than 2,000 volunteers who in turn serve approximately 20,000 homeless and people in need in 22 cities throughout America. The Washington metropolitan area's event, which will serve two different locations, is in its fifth year.

The Washington, D.C., event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Community for Creative Non-violence homeless shelter at 425 Second St. N.W. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Maryland Capitol Heights event will also take place on Saturday, Dec. 18 at Oak Crest Community Center at 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights, Md., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Islamic Relief USA is committed to positively impacting poor and marginalized communities all over America," said Kyle Ismail, manager of domestic programs at IR USA. "Our Day of Dignity event is our way of encouraging American Muslims to partner with local communities in addressing some of our country's most pressing concerns."

Co-sponsors of this event include:

Howard University, Fortis College and Career Services, CCDC, PG Health Department, Project Health, PG County Education and Career Services and many more. 

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, Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the country, has awarded IR USA four stars. This prestigious award puts IR USA among the top 2.25 percent of charities in the nation. To learn more, visit www.islamicreliefusa.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Asma Yousef at 703-582-5880, ayousef@islamicreliefusa.org

SOURCE Islamic Relief USA