New York Muslims to Distribute Food, Clothing to Families in Need

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

Oct 13, 2010, 11:45 ET from Islamic Relief USA

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of Muslims from the Brooklyn and Manhattan area will help distribute food, clothing, and provide health screenings to more than 1500 local homeless and people in need as part of Islamic Relief USA's (IR USA) annual Day of Dignity campaign this Saturday and Sunday.

In its eighth year, Day of Dignity is a 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.

"Day of Dignity is an event that should take place 365 days out of the year, every 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 to encourage others to give of their time, of their wealth, and of their compassion to those in need."

WHAT:   Day of Dignity in Brooklyn

WHEN:  Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 10 am - 5 pm

WHERE:  Masjid Taqwa, 1266 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11216

CONTACT: Meer Waali at 917-863-1501 or

WHAT: Day of Dignity in Manhattan

WHEN:  Sunday, October 17, 2010 from 8 am - 3:30 pm

WHERE: Saint Francis Xavier Mission, 55 West 15th St., Manhattan, NY 10011

CONTACT: Mohammed Qureshi at 201.522-6471 or

NOTE: For details on other upcoming events, please visit: To learn how to get involved, please contact Nazia Hossain, IR USA volunteer coordinator, at 703-370-7202,

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,

MEDIA CONTACT: Rabiah Ahmed at 202-439-1441,

SOURCE Islamic Relief USA