Muslim Community in Mckinney Partners with Food Pantry to Feed Families in Collin County

The Dallas Morning News

The Dawoodi Bohra community, which is building a mosque in McKinney, has also run vaccine clinics to help residents get their flu shots.

A pair of groups in McKinney are looking to make sure the fruits of their new relationship result in fewer Collin County residents experiencing hunger during the winter months.

The Dawoodi Bohra community of Collin County, whose members are part of a denomination of Islam with a large number of followers in India, partnered with the Little Free Pantry of McKinney on United Nations World Food Day earlier this month, conducting a pantry collection and donating food items and toiletries.

“Our new partnership with the Dawoodi Bohras of Collin County has been one of friendship, warmth, giving and grace,” Kim Sanchez, founder of Little Free Pantry McKinney, said in a news release. “Their generosity has been overwhelming and their compassion has been heart warming, specially during these challenging times. We are lucky to have them in our community”

“This year, Governor Abbott in his public service announcement urged all Texans to get their flu shots to reduce the chances of contracting and spreading the flu. The Collin County Medical Committee of The Dawoodi Bohras felt that now, more than ever, especially with the pandemic, that we wanted to do a community outreach to encourage and provide flu shots to those in need — to those who otherwise may not have gotten one,” community spokesperson Rashida Rasheed said in a statement.

According to the group, the Dawoodi Bohra community in Collin County is made up of about 75 families, most of whom come from India. They are currently in the process of building a masjid, or mosque, at 1410 S. Tennessee St. It is scheduled to be completed next year.

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