(DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX, 12/28/2015) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), in partnership with a coalition of DFW Muslim Organizations (see below), led by the North Texas Islamic Council (NTIC), have launched widespread community relief efforts to assist in the aftermath of the deadly tornadoes that devastated parts of the Dallas Area.
Through this mobilization, the North Texas Muslim community has dedicated significant community resources to join with its fellow citizens in beginning the process of restoring the neighborhoods that were decimated as well and assisting citizens whose lives have been impacted by the powerful storm that struck this past Saturday. The mobilizations and actions in motion are as follows:
All area DFW area Mosques, especially in Garland, Rowlett, and Glenn Heights, are urged to open up their doors to feed and provide support to those affected.
Donation drives for water, blankets, hygiene kits, toiletries, and packaged snacks for shelters are being coordinated in accordance with the broader collective community response plan.
Muslim relief organizations will coordinate relief efforts with other relief agencies on behalf of North Texas Muslims. These organizations have participated in conference calls with the Office of Emergency Management, Texas and Dallas VOAD teams to coordinate relief efforts with the broader community of disaster responders.
These Muslim Relief organizations are listed below:
Islamic Relief: www.irusa.org
Amoud Foundation: www.amoudfoundation.org
Life for Relief and Development: http://www.lifeusa.org
Amina Rab, Board President of CAIR-DFW and Board Member of NTIC, said in a statement, "The North Texas Muslim community extends our deepest sympathies to the loved ones whose lives were lost and to the citizens who have been devastated by this terrible storm. We stand with our fellow citizens ready to respond with compassion and action to do our part in assisting with the emergency response efforts."
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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