Ramadan is the time for all of us to give, to share, and to support our community. We are seeking donations for our Seventh Annual Complimentary Iftar and ‘Idiyyah Evening for the Muslim Families of the Tenderloin District.
Zawaya is currently organizing its seventh annual Ramadan event for Tenderloin Muslim families. Invited to this event are the over one hundred Muslim families from Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bosnia, North Africa, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Egypt living in and around the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. The average family has three to five children, and many such families live on welfare in overcrowded apartments.
This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at the Tenderloin Children’s Playground at 570 Ellis Street (between Leavenworth & Hyde). It will include Maghrib prayer and a free iftar for all guests. The children will have their own fun-filled corner with educational games and prizes. At the end of the evening, we will distribute a gift to each young person present as well as a gift to each family. All left-over food and drinks will also be distributed to the families, who all leave with hearts full of gratitude and arms loaded with gifts.
This celebration has become Zawaya’s most successful and cherished event. At last year’s iftar, more than 340 people attended, including 154 children/youth. We were blessed with more than one hundred volunteers. All the families and children immensely enjoyed the gathering, including the meal and the gifts. We attribute that success to your generous donations and tremendous efforts.
Parents and children are already eagerly awaiting this year’s event and asking us about it. We need your help and time again this year to make it a successful event. Please share this letter with all your friends who are willing to help.
All of us at Zawaya would like to share with you a joy that is unmatched—the joy of seeing the members of the Tenderloin Muslim community get together and celebrate Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, two of the most important times in the Muslim year. These families are part of our broader community, and it is our responsibility to try to give back and keep our traditions and sense of community alive at all times. We do not want to disappoint those who are counting on us, and this is the least we can do.
Your contribution is tax-deductible and can be part of your zakat. Donations needed include the following:
Money for food, hall rental, and equipment rental.
Prepared food items (for at least twenty people), e.g. hot dishes, desserts, fruit, canned or individual-sized drinks. (Please drop off food at the hall by 6:00 p.m. on September 29.)
Disposable plates, cups, forks, spoons, napkins, etc., for 400 people.
Money for cash ‘idiyyah for the youth (ten- to twenty-year-olds).
Non-monetary donations for families (new clothes, school supplies, kitchen items, house items, blankets, etc.).
Gifts and toys for children ages one to ten. (If it is wrapped, kindly specify the age and gender on the outside. Also, arrange with Zawaya for delivery by September 21.)
Gift certificates from stores such as Safeway and Albertsons.
If you are willing to donate any of the items above, please contact one of the following people:
Nabila Mango at (415) 673-5700 ext # 2018, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Inas Elmashni at (650) 245-9256, email: email@example.com
Sevim Kalyoncu at (415) 674-3747, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rossmia Coo at (415) 368-1343, email: email@example.com
For monetary donations, please make checks payable to Zawaya and mail in the
enclosed, stamped envelope to:
311 – 41st Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
Zawaya will be administering the volunteer sign-up for this event via a Yahoo Group dedicated solely to this purpose. If you plan to volunteer, please send an email requesting membership to
firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the instructions that will be forwarded in the reply.
Iftar for volunteers will be available at the event for $10.00.
Jazakum Allah khayran. May your Ramadan be blessed as you help the needy and make a difference in our community.
Dr. Fayeq Oweis
ZAWAYA Vice President