Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hunger takes No Vacation...
Assalamu Alaikum WRH Brothers and Sisters,

Hunger knows no religion, no boundaries, no worldly positions. It strikes every living organism. And as I happened to read in an article about hunger, this statement fits like a glove on a hand, "Hunger takes No Vacation".

Having moved most of the donated canned food items in boxes, contributed by family from McKinney, TX, who showed eager to help our food pantry, I was about to wrap up my day. One of my responsibility is to collect donated food for ICNA Dallas's food pantry. The time for maghrib (evening prayer) was fast approaching, and I wanted to reach IANT masjid to perform my salah. As I was about to lift my last box, I noticed an old Bhutani
man (Bhutan, a neighboring country to India and Nepal) was treading towards me. When he came closer, I noticed in his old wrinkled face a smile, emanating hope. His watery eyes portrayed the innumerable struggles he faced to be, where he seems to be now.

He, in his humble tone greeted me in Hindi. In hushed tone, he uttered, "Kya Kuch Khaane Ko Mil Sakta Hai?". Meaning, Can I get some food to eat. I responded in positive, and took him to our food pantry. On his way to the pantry, he mentioned his name as "Khada Nanda Chaubey". Unable to bear the atrocities of the Bhutan King, his family fled to Nepal. During this difficult times, he lost his only son, who left behind his wife and 4 little children. As he is old, he is unable to work anymore. His daughter in law's earnings is insufficient to feed all.

I handed over flour, oil, sugar, snacks items (for children), tea leaves to him enough for a week. In Bhutani culture, when someone helps another, the recipients in loud voice shouts "Jai Ho". I responded don't "Jai Ho" me, but to our beloved creator who made it possible for you to receive this food.

They say, "Eyes are the windows of your soul". Khada Nanda Chaubey's eyes portrayed gratitude as he bid farewell. Everyday, one earns a new experience coming in contact with people of different culture, nation, race.

ICNA Dallas's Food Pantry does need help to better serve these 400 families
of several ethnicity surrounding the pantry. We want to do a good and neat job. And in this aspect, we SURELY NEED YOUR VOLUNTEER hours. Please feel free to give me a call to book your time forthcoming saturday (03/10/2012), so that we can work on providing ample opportunities to all our community members. Students will have their volunteer hours certified and signed by ICNA Dallas.


Volunteers please don't come empty handed, you are visiting YOUR food pantry, please bring with you some items listed below.

Readers please feel free to buy it for us. If you are too busy, then mail your contribution (Check made payable to ICNA Dallas), and we will do the needful for you.
Address of ICNA office is highlighted below.

Canned Items: Corn, Peas, Beans, Green Beans, Fruit Cocktail, Applesauce, Tuna Baking Items: Flour, Sugar, Cooking Oil (All in 1 lbs packs)
Personal Care: Shampoo, Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deodrant, Razor, Shaving Cream, Laundry Soap, Diapers(Any Size)
Baby Items: Diapers, Baby Food
Dry Goods: Beans, Rice (5 / 10) lbs, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Macaroni & Cheese.

Food Pantry Venue: 7317 Holly Hill Drive, Dallas, TX 75231.
Timings: 10 AM - 2 PM.

Pray to our beloved creator Allah swt to keep all of us safe from all the calamities, remove all our pains, hatred and sufferings from our communities. Shower upon every family His utmost blessings, Accept our services rendered in acquiring His pure pleasure, Keep our children and our lineage to follow in His safest custody away from the trails and tribulations. Aameen.

~*Zahid Hussain*~

ICNA Relief USA ~ Dallas Chapter
Operations Manager - DFW Area
220 E. Spring Valley Rd
Richardson, TX 75081

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