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Islamic Relief, SHARE Kentucky to hold annual Day of Dignity October 28 at Douglass Park in Lexington

Islamic Relief USA will hold its annual Day of Dignity campaign in major cities throughout the country, including one in Lexington, Kentucky with partner, SHARE Kentucky Lexington.  

The Day of Dignity campaign consists of a series of events held around the nation to help people who are homeless or from low-income households, among other sociological conditions, gain access to meals, winter coats, hygiene kits, and health screenings. In Lexington, the event will take place at Douglass Park, located at 726 Georgetown Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Islamic Relief USA works with various community organizations throughout the country to help facilitate the events. Attendees can also receive information on finding jobs, housing, addiction recovery, immigration law services, among other things.

“Islamic Relief has held the Day of Dignity campaign for several years,” said Anwar Khan, president of Islamic Relief USA. “The events enable people who are in some of the direst circumstances to get access to necessary items and services. Poverty and homelessness, unfortunately, remain major problems, and indications are both problems may grow worse. Thus, Day of Dignity events provide a major service. In addition to receiving food, clothing and health care, they also learn about the different agencies and other entities that exist which they can connect with and continue receiving the guidance and resources necessary to help them get on a path of self-sufficiency.”

“SHARE Kentucky is committed to fulfilling the needs of the West End community in Lexington. Services include a re-entry program, job fairs & referrals, free clinic, food and clothing banks, free lunches,” said Ratul Ahmed, a coordinator with SHARE Kentucky.

The events put a spotlight on the effects of income inequality and poverty, which remains a persistent problem in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 43 million suffer from poverty as of 2015. The problem could grow worse if recently announced cuts to various social services are enacted by Congress. 

Day of Dignity helps provide, at least for a day, relief from the regular hardships that are faced by an impoverished population, regardless of race, creed, or nationality. 

Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to provide relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. Its programs benefit millions of people each year in more than 40 countries around the world, including in the United States.

From Islamic Releif USA

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