Cypress Islamic center plan to have community iftar and dinner every Friday and Saturday during the blessed month of Ramadan. Community Iftar schedule has been posted on the notice board at the Masjid. If you and your family like to participate for community iftar please signup online or contact us at 832-287-9681 for more information.
On April 12th, 2014, the team left the masjid around 12 noon in a three car convoy with all of the collected food items. There were nearly six boxes of food that were donated by the community and the children over the last two weeks. The team included 9 adults (including a few teachers) and 1 children volunteers.
We arrived at the Houston Feed Bank on Portwall Street on time and took the food in. After taking a group picture, we informed the registration desk of the team’s readiness to participate in the project. Soon we were called along with other groups from across Houston. In the large room where the team worked, further instructions were given and the team members started working with great enthusiasm. Everyone worked hard unpacking and packing food into boxes, transporting the boxes, cleaning up the cardboard and plastic and so on. We worked for about 90 minutes and took our first break with some snacks in the cafeteria. We returned and worked another 30 minutes or so until the work finished for the day. We assisted hundreds of other volunteers with the cleanup and after taking one last group picture with a poster, we left the Food Bank. On the way back we stopped and had lunch before returning to the masjid.
The children had a good learning experience, one that was also hands on and great fun. Above all they learned that they belong to a community with diverse members, where many are in need of help. They had the satisfaction to see how strong the community feelings are working with total strangers to help other strangers. We may worship in different ways but we all belong to the same humanity.
I want to thank Br. Waheed for doing the heavy lifting here organizing the field trip. Of course, we are grateful to all the volunteers, teachers and parents and students who participated. Inshallah, we have big plans for the next trip to the Houston Food Bank in the fall semester.
Inshallah we have an exciting project planned for the Cypress Sunday School children.
As in spring last year, we are doing a food collection for the Houston Food Bank (only canned foods can be donated).
Please help your children donate some food to the collection between now and March 28th. Inshallah the plan is to take the collection on March 29th, Saturday morning to the Houston Food Bank and deliver it.
Building on last year’s effort, this year we also plan to spend 3-4 hours in the HFB as on one of the registered teams who would help pack boxes and packages for schools. These are sent to schools all over Houston for children who live in families who suffer from food insecurity.
Today in the assembly I shared some statistics on hunger in Harris and surrounding counties. According to some statistics, more than 66,000 people including nearly 2,500 children go to bed hungry. We will continue to offer these lessons to build up their leadership and community awareness competencies.