The New Jersey Chapter of the Indian American Muslim Council (http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group with a mission to safeguard India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, organized an online fund raiser for supporting First Responders of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state of New Jersey.
A group of more than 100 members of the Indian Muslim community in New Jersey, participated in a fundraiser for donating Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs, to the state’s First Responders. The staff and hospital managements greatly appreciated IAMC’s efforts, a May 5, 2020 press release from the organization said.
The PPEs were distributed at two hospitals: St. Michael Medical Center, in Newark, New Jersey and the Hackensack Meridian Health, JFK Medical Center Foundation in Edison, New Jersey.
The funds were collected over a six-hour online fundraising drive where the IAMC executives made calls to the donors and the community members. They received an overwhelming response to the cause from donors who applauded and thanked nurses, doctors, ambulatory staff, the police and the administrative staff working in the forefront.
Happening during the month of Ramadhan, a festival signifying the spirit of giving and compassion, these efforts resonate greater with the Muslim population, the press release indicated.
IAMC has been successfully organizing the community events for the tri-state Indian Community for the past several years, the organization said.
“This pandemic has brought out the best of humanity, and every life saved is taking us close to saving the mankind” Mudassir Ansari, general secretary of IAMC-NJ, is quoted saying in the press release. “Safeguarding our first responders is our first and foremost duty” he added.
The organization said it strongly believes in being connected and caring for the local communities, and the Covid-19 Pandemic situation has further strengthened the resolve of engaging more.
“With this community building exercise the immigrant community of Indian Muslims in New Jersey also want to send a message to the Government of India to strengthen its resolve in safeguarding a section of the minority community vilified and marginalized by the media for spreading COVID-19”, said Javeed Ghani, volunteer of IAMC, adding that “a strong nation is built if strong communities are built across the nation.”