LONG ISLAND, NY – August 24, 2020: High school students from the Dawoodi Bohra community in New York, raised more than $3,000 to donate school supplies to support more than 500 students and their families who are facing economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The supplies were donated to Island Harvest, a non-profit organization that works to end hunger and support families across Long Island. Island Harvest plans to work with agencies that support low-income families and families benefiting from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure that the supplies reach students who would benefit the most from these donations.
“After learning about the current unemployment rate on Long Island, we realized that many families would not have the resources to buy new school supplies. We decided to do our part and help students get the supplies they need to go back to school,” say Lulua Hamdani and Zahra Ezzi, two high school students at Long Island schools who were co-presidents of the initiative.
Besides raising funds from the Dawoodi Bohra community, the students also collected donations of approximately 40lbs of lightly used school supplies from community members. In addition, they advocated for and received corporate donations from Staples and BJ’s Wholesale Club. With the funds, students purchased backpacks, binders, notebooks, pencils, and other essential school supplies, which they delivered to Island Harvest. A total of 660lbs were donated to Island Harvest, which will be used to support more than 500 students across Long Island.
As Dawoodi Bohras, we believe it is our duty to help less fortunate members of our society, as guided by the teachings of our religious leader, His Holiness, Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (T.U.S.). We are proud of our young community members who volunteered their time to organize this drive to benefit others
“As Dawoodi Bohras, we believe it is our duty to help less fortunate members of our society, as guided by the teachings of our religious leader, His Holiness, Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (T.U.S.). We are proud of our young community members who volunteered their time to organize this drive to benefit others,” says Taha Adib, a spokesperson for the Dawoodi Bohra community of New York, who guided and helped the students in their efforts.