By Alan Seifullah
In a gesture of appreciation Masjid Bilal of Cleveland delivered “care packages” to hospitals and other organizations on the front lines of the battle with the Coronavirus pandemic.
The sealed packages included cookies, brownies, popcorn, nuts, caramels — and a Thank You card.
Care packages were delivered to the Candlewood and McGregor nursing facilities; Cleveland Clinic, University, Metro Health, and St. Vincent Charity hospitals; Midtown Cleveland, Inc., and the office of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in Columbus.
“We wanted to let those institutions — and all of Ohio — know how much we appreciate the tireless work and dedication of those on the front lines of the fight to confront the horrendous challenge presented by the Covid-19 virus,” said Dawah Committee Chairman, who helped with organizing the project.
Added Masjid Bilal Senior Imam Shafeeq Sabir, “The professionals at these organizations demonstrate a fierce dedication to humanity and making our communities safer and healthier. We just want them to know that their efforts are appreciated more than they may realize.”
Since late March, when Gov. DeWine instituted Ohio’s stay home directive, Masjid Bilal has provided free pickup dinners on Fridays and Saturdays for anyone stopping by the Masjid, and has delivered dinners to the homes of those requesting them. Masjid Bilal has also delivered cards and care packages to area police, fire, and EMS facilities.
Photos by Omar Quadir