FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
It is that time of year to bring joy and laughter on the faces of families, particularly children, who are less fortunate. They do not live as luxurious lives or even moderate ones as others in the United States. Sadly, forty-one million Americans face hunger each and every day.
Therefore, the sustainability of families to survive on the most basic level is a struggle. Research suggests that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty threshold to meet their most basic needs. Children living in families with incomes below this level—$48,678 for a family of four with two children in 2016—are referred to as low income. In New Jersey, there are 1,077,554 families with 1,980,086 children.
Low-Income Children: 32% (631,792) of children live in low-income families (National: 41%).
These numbers have now nearly doubled. Last year, the percentage of low-income children was half of that. Poor Children: 15% (301,070) of children live in poor families (National: 19%)
Thus, in such situations, those who have been obligated to offer some assistance to those who have not. Prophet Muhammad who was full of mercy and kindness taught to look past ourselves, and assist the less fortunate, similar to the teachings of Jesus. Someone had asked the Last Messenger of God, “What actions are most excellent? He responded, “To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.”
Hence, in the light of these teachings, Muslims for Peace will be bringing people together to celebrate Christmas by holding its 5th annual holiday party in Trenton on December 14, 2019. Underprivileged children will be able to enjoy a warm meal and open wrapped gifts as the organization’s volunteers will put on their elf hats and scarves and show kids a good time.
Thus, Christmas is a time of sharing and caring. Giving donations towards this noble cause illustrates the true meaning of Christmas. Therefore, for just $25, you can provide a unique holiday gift for one child in need — it could be new toys or gift cards for the child’s family!
Irshad Haji, Program Director
Muslims for Peace, Inc.
Zain Ali, Charity Director
Muslims for Peace, Inc.
P.O. Box 6262, Monroe, NJ 08831