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2nd Annual Ramadan Toy Drive a huge success

 

Once again our friends at Markaz-Ul-Islam, Fort McMurray Islamic Center, and the Fort McMurray Islamic School, organized a toy drive during the holy month of Ramadan for children staying or receiving treatment at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre.

This is the second extremely successful toy drive held by the local Islamic community. Naseem Abdo, Vice President of Outreach for Markaz-Ul-Islam shares the importance of charity during this special time for Muslims "One may wonder, what is Ramadan and why was the toy drive done at this time? Ramadan is the 9th lunar month of the Islamic calendar and is a time where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. It is a time of spiritual reflection, charity and giving back to the community. During the entire month of Ramadan, the Mosque and Islamic School collected new toys so they could be given to sick children and youth in the hospital. The Muslim community responded generously with over 300 toys donated!”

On June 27th, a mountain of toys for children of all ages was delivered to the Health Foundation office. These toys have since been distributed amongst various departments at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre and are meant for the children to play with during their stay at the Health Centre and then taken home. We’re sure these toys will bring smiles to many young faces long after their time at the Health Centre!

 

Pictured above:

Christina Cormier, Cindy Amerongen, Jessica Lipton, Mehar Rashid, Sara Eweida, Naseem Abdo, Mohamed Eweida, Mohamed Ali Al-Zabidi

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