Written by Cindy Huge, American Red Cross Volunteer
When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross reaches out to community partners to help in the relief effort. One of these important partners is Islamic Relief USA.
Since the onset of the Oroville Spillway emergency, Islamic Relief has been among several community partners working alongside our Red Cross teams to provide critical assistance in support of the ongoing response effort. Volunteers from Islamic Relief have been instrumental in helping with transportation of food and supplies as well as providing food and shelter for affected communities.
Abdullah Ibrahim, along with nine fellow Islamic Relief volunteers, first heard of the Oroville emergency when they saw a social media request for supplies and volunteers. Within hours the group had assembled a team willing to take time from their jobs or schooling to help those in need. They arrived 12 hours later, bringing along nearly 6,000 personal hygiene items to distribute to those in need.
“We wanted to be able to help in any way we can,” Ibrahim explained, “and we enjoy working alongside the American Red Cross to help those in need.” This sentiment was echoed by his fellow volunteers.
In times of disaster the American Red Cross is proud to work closely with many community partners like Islamic Relief to meet the needs of affected communities.