Our Helpers, Columbus-based non-profit organization, will hold its Eid Al-Fitr Toys Gift Wrapping and Gift Distribution on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at the Karl Road branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio from 12 pm to 7 pm.
“Muslims give kids toys as gifts for Eid al Fitr to celebrate the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting and spiritual reflection,” said CEO, Dr. Dorothy Hassan.
“The Eid is a time of celebration, feasting, and expressing gratitude to Allah for the blessings received during Ramadan.”
Dr. Hassan said, “giving gifts to children is a way to express love and affection, and to share the joy of the holiday. Eid al Fitr is one of only two holidays in the Islamic faith. Muslim families spend all year looking forward to the month of Ramadan and its culminating feast and celebration.”
“This event aims to spread joy and happiness among needy families on the occasion of Eid.”
According to her, “the event will be divided into two parts: gift wrapping from 12-2 pm and gift distribution from 2-7 pm. Our Helpers volunteers will be present throughout the event to assist and guide the attendees.”
“We are thrilled to host this event and relieve a burden from Muslim parents who are challenged with making a decision between paying a bill and the joy of toys.
“Inflation has made everything so expensive. The immigrant and refugee families that we serve are just trying to survive. Without this event, many families would be forced to choose household bills over the oy of toys for their children,” she added.
Dr. Hassan stated that “Our Helpers is making sure that innocent children do not have to carry the burdens of poverty this holiday season,”
“Eid Al Fitr is a time for celebration, and we want to ensure that every child in our community has a reason to smile.”
“Toys bring universal joy, regardless of age, gender, or culture. They have the power to spark creativity, imagination, and playfulness, while also promoting cognitive, emotional, and social development.”
Our Helpers will distribute toys, games, and other gifts to children from low-income, and no income immigrant and refugee Muslimfamilies in the Columbus area. There are 55 families registered to receive gifts, totaling gifts for 207 Muslim children ages 4-14 in Central Ohio. And the registration is still open!
“Our Helpers is committed to supporting our community, and we believe that everyone deserves a happy Eid,” said Board of Directors member Brooke Leonard.
“We encourage everyone to come out and support this event, whether by volunteering, donating, or simply spreading the word.”
“This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of partner agencies, local businesses, concerned community members, and volunteers.”
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