US Muslim group distributes over 1,100 toys among refugee kids

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Published — Saturday 19 September 2009

Last Update 19 September 2009 3:00 am

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Illinois: As Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr, Muslims in Chicago and its suburbs reached out to refugees of all faiths in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Chicago and Glendale Heights, distributing more than 1,100 toys through the “Eid is for Everyone” campaign.

“The Muslim community really came together to make this campaign such a success. Our goal was 150 toys, the community gave us more than 1,100! With all the money constraints that refugees have, Eid presents for children are not affordable, so hopefully this drive will help spread a little happiness,” said Naazish YarKhan, founder of Refugee Assistance Program (RAP).

The RAP partnered with the Islamic Circle of North America Helping Hands (ICNA) to distribute the toys to hundreds of refugee children from Africa, Iraq and Burma.

The RAP also raised several thousand dollars online and via checks as zakat or the obligatory charity that Muslims must pay on their savings.

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