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As the new school year approaches, ICNA-SoCal is gearing up for the annual Back-2-School Giveaway starting on July 27th, when backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed to thousands of low-income schoolchildren across the region.
In its third year in southern California, the project, headed by ICNA Relief, is aiming to reach a greater number of kids than ever before. By the grace of Allah SWT, in previous years more than 1,000 backpacks were packed and delivered. This year, volunteers will be out in force in three SoCal locations, in partnership with our local Muslim community organizations.
The giveaway falls during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Charity to the needy is an integral value of Islam, and in this holy month Muslims are exhorted to redouble their good works in obedience to Allah SWT. He advises us in the Qur’an, “Surely the men and women who give in charity and give to Allah a goodly loan, they shall receive double and for them is a noble reward,” 57:18.
ICNA Relief is committed to extending a helping hand to our neighbors in need. The Back-2-School Giveaway provides essential school supplies to help struggling families start the new academic year. At the same time, it encourages Muslim-Americans to care and build friendships between communities.
The 2013 Back-2-School Giveaway will take place in three locations:
· Saturday, July 27th 2013 in Los Angeles
o In partnership with Islah LA
o 2900 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043
· Saturday, August 3rd 2013 in La Mirada
o In partnership with Muslim Community Services, Inc. at the La Mirada Masjid
o 14225 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638
· Sunday, August 4th 2013 in Anaheim
o In partnership with the Islamic Institute of Orange County (IIOC)
o 1220 N. State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92806
For more information, visit our website at www.back2schoolgiveaway.com. Learn about the Islamic Circle of North America at www.icnasc.org, and find out about all of ICNA Relief’s local work at www.icnarelief.org.