Arizona Back 2 School Press Release

Salina Imam


US Muslim Charity to Host #OneNationOneCause
Back2School Drive in 35 states, in 70 + cities, over 30 days;
Community Donations Welcome


Aug.4, 2018, Phoenix, AZ: On Aug.4th,  the national non-profit, ICNA RELIEF (Islamic Circle of North America Relief; www.icnarelief.org), will distribute backpacks and supplies to children in need, as part of their #OneNationOneCause Back2School Drive.

ICNA Relief Arizona intends to distribute 700 backpacks and supplies locally, a $17,500 value. At a mega distribution event, we will also provide free haircuts, free health fair, food and fun activities, on August 4, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3104 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051. This drive is in collaboration with partners including local faith groups, non-profits, libraries and village halls

The community-at-large is being invited to support the effort. Supplies can be shipped or checks can be mailed to ICNA Relief, 5030 S Mill Ave Suite # C5, Tempe, AZ 85282.  Deadline for in-kind or online donations at icnarelief.org/back2school: August, 3. To volunteer, be a sponsor or to partner, email simam@icnarelief.org  You can also support ICNA Relief through Amazon Smile.

“Our partners are testimony. This cause is near to so many hearts because we know just how  sad and inadequate a child would feel showing up to school ill-prepared. 20 percent of American kids live in poverty. We know that a book bag is so much more than just a book bag,” said Salina Imam, Director, ICNA Relief Arizona.

In Arizona alone, sponsors include : Arizona Cultural Academy; Islamic Center of North East Valley; AZ Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, PC; ABSS Manufacturing; Tahmina Chowdhury; Nouhad A. Habli -Mazboudi. Partners include: Islamic Community Center of Tempe, Tempe;Islamic Center of East Valley, Chandler; ICCP mosque, Phoenix; Trinity Methodist Church, Phoenix; Melek Akgul-Lee & Family, Phoenix Asian American Lions; Heidi Pettigrew & Family. The list grows daily.

“ This drive, #OneNationOneCause, is an expression of solidarity.  We stand together, and are committed to being there for our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable. These are Islamic principles and universal human values in action. We are grateful to all our partners for coming together as one,” said Mr. Maqsood Ahmed, ICNA Relief CEO.

In 2017 alone, ICNA Relief distributed 27,075 backpacks with supplies, in 187 locations in 26 states. Since 2009, ICNA Relief has distributed 150,000 backpacks filled with supplies, nationwide to needy children. Its services, provided through 56 chapters, include 15 transitional shelters for women and children, car donations, refugee assimilation programs, professional counseling and food pantries.

The following states have events:  AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IOWA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NM,  NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI and Puerto Rico.




Document available for download here: ICNA Relief Arizona B2S Press Release