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Islamic Relief USA’s Day of Dignity campaign to take place in Lexington on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Islamic Relief USA will hold its annual Day of Dignity campaign in major cities throughout the country, including one in Lexington 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 on Oct. 20 at Douglass Park, located at 726 Georgetown Road, from 10 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 event for several years,” said Sharif Aly, chief executive officer of Islamic Relief USA. “The events enable people who are in some of the difficult and stressful circumstances to get access to necessary items and services. Poverty and homelessness, unfortunately, remain major problems. Day of Dignity events provide essential services and access. In addition to receiving food, clothing and health care, they also learn about the different agencies and other entities 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. 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.

From Islamic Relief USA

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