Vaughan Muslim youth collect 50K pounds of food for those in need

Campaign for sheltering the homeless among others falls ‘under the banner of Mercy for Mankind’

After successfully raising 50,000 pounds of food on Feb. 5, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association has launched a new nationwide campaign that includes blood clinics, more food drives, charity runs, and homeless shelters.

“One of the fundamental teachings of Islam as taught by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is to give charity and serve humanity,” spokesperson Hassaan Shahid told York Region Media.

He added: “Under the banner of Mercy For Mankind, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association will conduct various humanitarian initiatives across Canada.”

Shahid said there are dozens of Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques and chapters across Canada, making it possible to launch a nationwide drive. “Our community is numbered in tens of thousands across Canada, including thousands of Muslim youth,” he added.

The new campaign comes after the association has raised over 50,000 pounds of food as part of a charitable initiative to feed those less fortunate as harsh winter weather grips Toronto.

The proceeds of the food drive were donated to the Vaughan-based Humanity First Food Bank — which distributes the food to the needy in the Greater Toronto Area.

Anyone interested to help can connect with the association on Twitter @AMYACanada.

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