Community Donates to Help Families This Holiday Season
Fremont, CA – This holiday season many families in Fremont – particularly those with lower incomes – are feeling the stress of a post-COVID economy and rising costs, struggling to find ways to bring cheer to loved ones this time of year.
Local Dawoodi Bohra community volunteers stepped in to help by supporting the City Fremont Human Services Department’s Giving Hope 2022 Initiative by procuring and donating gift bag items for distribution to adults and children enrolled in the City’s Winter Relief program. The community’s donation includes dozens of items, including children’s hats & mitten sets, Matchbox car sets, paint sets, hair brushes, tumblers, mirrors and pill boxes.
“Engagement from the community is key to the success of the Giving Hope Initiative. It’s wonderful to have community partners like the Dawoodi Bohras supporting this important program for our neighbors,” said Paula Manczuk-Hannay, Human Services Development Officer for the City of Fremont.
“We know many of our friends and neighbors are facing tough financial times during what should be a time of celebration and joy. We’re happy to lend a hand and support the City of Fremont’s efforts to support these families. After all, we’re all one community here in Fremont,” said Fatema Poonawala, a Dawoodi Bohra volunteer and lead organizer of the giving effort.
As part of the Project Rise Global Initiative, Dawoodi Bohra communities throughout the world are leading projects to combat hunger, provide shelter, and support dignity for the less fortunate. The community’s work in Fremont follows the Dawoodi Bohras’ efforts to ensure improved socio-economic conditions for children and families the world over.