Charity puts a smile on labourers’ faces with gift

IMG_1777By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

EID Al Fitr is one of the most important events in the Muslim calendar and everyone has his way of celebrating it. Some have to meet old friends and gather relatives to make the day a family reunion and enjoy food. On the other hand, children rush to compete with each other and collect the maximum Eidi (gift money).
But there are people with warm hearts who move out to show affection towards the less fortunate in order to bring smiles to their faces. This is done by sharing gifts as a surprise gesture on the auspicious day.
Maha Khan, a social worker, is one such example who has been engaged with a number of social and charities activities under her platform for the last many years.
The team with the support of their families and friends visited a number of places in Sharjah and Ajman from labour camps to other places to distribute Eid gift packs among the labourers. “As part of our social commitment towards the less fortunate segment of the society like labourers and remembering the true spirit of Ramadan and Eid, we have decided to distribute 500 shirts as an Eid gift to labourers in different places. We visited camps and places like busy roads and public places that have many municipality workers,” said Khan, while talking to The Gulf Today on Friday.
The group under the banner of their social website platform started a month-long charity Iftar food pack initiative in Ramadan and a total of over 10,000 Iftar food packs were distributed in a number of labour camps throughout Sharjah and Ajman.
The team with the support of volunteers gathered at one place ahead of Eid and completed the task of packing 500 gift packs. Each pack comprised a shirt and sweets under bright shimmering wrappings.
“Blue collar workers like gardeners, cleaners and other municipality staff working throughout the nights to make the city clean and healthy are worth being part of Eid celebrations. Usually no one pays any heed to these workers. It is only some lucky fellow who gets charity money from a passerby but what we are doing is to hand over the Eid gift packs with a smile and a message of joy which surprises them most of the time,” she added.
The distribution of shirts as Eid gift packs was started on the eve of the Eid (July 16) when the member of the social initiative visited different areas in Sharjah and Ajman including labour camps in remote areas and handed over the shirts to share the joy of Eid Al Fitr.
The team leader said that the continued support of family members and friends in fuelling the charity projects will not only bring smiles on the faces of the diligent workers but also motivate the community in general to come forward and support this segment of the society.
-Published in The Gulf Today-Sharjah | July 15, 2015

~ by jamilkhan on July 18, 2015.

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