Newark Muslims to Distribute Food, Clothing to Families in Need

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

Oct 07, 2010, 12:27 ET from Islamic Relief USA

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Dozens of Muslims from the Newark area will help distribute food, clothing, and provide health screenings to more than 1,000 local homeless and 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 around 20,000 homeless and people in need in 22 cities throughout America. Newark's event, which is in its first year, will take place at the National Islamic Association on Saturday, October 9, 2010.

"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 Newark

WHEN:  Saturday October 9, 2010 from 11 am to 5 pm

WHERE:  National Islamic Association, 237 – 239 Roseville Ave., Newark, NJ, 07107

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, or, Omar Mohamed, Day of Dignity Newark event coordinator, at 973-444-9826 or

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