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Religious org. distributes goods to Sandy victims


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By Rafal Rogoza / The Jersey Journal
December 10, 2012
 
As part of a religious holiday, volunteers at the Islamic Learning Center of Jersey City distributed more than 500 pounds of beef Saturday to people recovering from super-storm Sandy.

ICNA volunteers at the Islamic Learning Center of Jersey City distributing goods to the needy and Hurricane Sandy victims.

ICNA volunteers at the Islamic Learning Center of Jersey City distributing goods to the needy and Hurricane Sandy victims.


“Meat is expensive and many New Jersey residents have been struggling to restock their freezers after the storm,” said Azeem Khan, a member of the Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA organization. “We hope that this distribution will make the holiday season a little bit easier for some families.”

Volunteers passed out the goods, five-pounds per visitor, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the center, 180 Ege St.

ICNA volunteers at the Islamic Learning Center of Jersey City distributing goods to the needy and Hurricane Sandy victims.

ICNA volunteers at the Islamic Learning Center of Jersey City distributing goods to the needy and Hurricane Sandy victims.


Helping those in need is part of the Islamic tradition during the Eid-ul-Adha holiday, said Omer Choudry, president of ICNA’s Jersey City chapter.

Choudry added that the holiday is normally celebrated in late October, but due to Hurricane Sandy, the ICNA postponed the distribution until Saturday.

Lloyd Stokes, 71, of Ege Street, said he and his family were happy for the help.

A retired garment worker, Stokes said his home was without power for several weeks because of the super-storm.

“I could use all of it (the food),” he said. “With the economy being what it is, we need it.”

Article Courtesy: NJ.com