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Help our Neighbors - Pico Rivera Fire Victims

23 Feb 2018


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EC for SIIJLA 2016-2018

President: Mujahid Chandoo
Vice President: Jamil Jaffer
Secretary: Nazneen Nathani-Mirza
Treasurer: Hasnain Haji
Councilor: Zeeshan Raza
Councilor: Shamim Bata

Helping our Neighbors

In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful

And be good to the neighbour who is your relative and to the neighbour who is not a relative . . . (Qur'an, 4:36)

Dear *|FNAME|*, 

Salaamun 'Alaikum,

As many of you are already aware, on the evening of Thursday, February 22nd, a fire broke out at the apartment buildings that border the back wall of Huseini Imambara in Pico Rivera.  After the Fire Department cleared the area on Thursday night, members of the Executive Council (EC) visited the center. Alhamdulillah, there was no damage to the SIIJLA property.

Sadly, 300 residents of the apartment building were forced to evacuate, and many have lost their homes and all of their belongings. As we thank Allah for the mercy He has shown to us, we must also look to our neighbors and see where we can help in their time of need. 

Members of the EC also visited an evacuation center that the City of Pico Rivera and the Red Cross set up. They had an opportunity to speak with city officials and the director of the Red Cross's operations. With our community's help, we have started purchasing undergarments and socks to donate to those displaced; but, we cannot stop here.

The EC has set a target to raise $2,500 to help victims of the Pico Rivera fire.  Here's how you can help:
  1. Donate to SIIJLA (in person tonight, or online here, noting 'Donation for Fire Victims'). We will collect the funds and send to the local Red Cross.
  2. Donate to the American Red Cross
  3. The Rivera Park Evacuation Center still needs sample-size hygiene products, canned food, and scarves and hats for evacuees. Link to Rivera Park Evacuation Center.  
Thank you, as always, for your generosity. As we gather tonight to commemorate the Wafat of Sayyeda Fatema (as), let's also remember her saying, "Beware of the rights of the neighbors before your own home."

With Salaams & Duas,
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