2017 Ramadan Food Boxing
On May 20th, Uplift held its 10th annual Ramadan food distribution volunteer event at New Horizon School in Irvine. Over 100 volunteers spent four hours assembling boxes of food which carried 35 pounds of Ramadan type food items. A record 2,100 boxes were made and each box contained rice, dates, honey, flour, lentils, oil, canned foods, tea, juice, and other items.
Food boxes were sent by trucks to the San Diego Syrian community, 15 locations in South LA and Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, and Long Beach. Total amount of food weighed in at over 35 tons! This year’s distribution was quite possible the largest distribution of its kind in North America.
The Uplift team was particularly honored by the large number of children and youth who gave it their all on a Saturday for the benefit of Southern Californian’s in need of food.
2017 Annual Fundraising Gala
On May 13th, Uplift held its 11-year anniversary gala at the Anaheim Hilton. Supporters of Uplift were treated to talks by Imam Jihad Saafir of Islah LA and Shaykh Mohammed Faqih of IIOC. Shaykh Mustafa Umar, professor at the California Islamic University, brilliantly handled the master of ceremonies duties and enlightened the crowd about the importance of local charity and taking care of those in need around us in Southern CA. Uplift was honored to host more than a dozen local leaders and their organizations on that evening.
Over 40 refugees from various countries were in attendance as guests. Owaiz Dadabhoy, President of Uplift Charity, walked into the crowd and spoke with refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan about their initial struggles and their subsequent success. Owaiz also made a presentation about Uplift, which included details about the self-sufficiency program using zakat funds, 50 cars for 50 refugee families program (by end of June), and the various ways supporters could get involved. Attendees were informed about the other work that Uplift initiates. Programs discussed were the homeless food, clothing, and hygiene item distribution, the annual Ramadan food distribution program, and the Eid gathering for client families where 5,000 pounds of meat is distributed, hundreds of toys are given to children, and carnival type activities are provided for children.
2016 Iftar for the Homeless
This past Friday our beautiful community came together to provide food and hygiene kits to those in need at the annual Iftar for the Homeless in Santa Ana. Volunteers set up tables outside the courthouse where a large population of the city's homeless take refuge, packing boxes of fresh food so that as we broke our fast, they could break theirs. They also assembled and handed out hygiene kits with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and a resource guide including lists for food, shelters, job resources, mental health services, etc. mA about 100 of the homeless, some of whom included children, were fed that night.
We'd like to give a huge thank you to the following vendors for donating food and supplies to this event:
1036 S. Main ST
Santa Ana, CA 92612
El Pollo Loco - halal by special request
19320 Beach Blvd
1998 east highland Ave
Gourmet Burgers ( Halal)
2222 Michelson Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
IHOP- Halal by special request
5301 University Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
14437 Culver Drive
Irvine, CA 92604
2222 Michelson Dr #200
Irvine, CA 92612
We could not have done this without the support of these vendors and the work of all our volunteers. If you were unable to take part this year, please still look out for donation and volunteer opportunities.
2016 Ramadan Food Boxing
Ramadan is the special month when Allah's blessings are showered on each and every one of us. It is the time when Allah SWT wants us to be more caring towards others and help others as the reward for such acts in this blessed month are immense. Many families plan ahead of time where they are going to have Iftaar/dinner, what kind of food they are going to have and so on. On the other hand there are families and individuals who do not have enough food for Sahoor or Iftaar/dinner. Uplift Charity, with your support, has Alhamdulillah been serving those in need and the less fortunate in our local communities. Each Ramadan for the past 9 years, Uplift has distributed boxes to families throughout Southern CA.
Right before Ramadan, Uplift prepared over 1,000 Ramadan Food Boxes for the struggling families, refugees, and asylum seekers from Syria and distributed them to Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Pomona, Santa Ana, Anaheim, South OC, and more. The cost of one box is $25. Volunteers from different walks of life gathered at a warehouse in Anaheim sacrificing their Sunday for one simple reason; helping others. Insha'Allah this Ramadan there will not be any one left behind in our local communities and there will not be anyone without food in this most beautiful month of Ramadan. Thank you volunteers and thanks to the donors who have made it possible. Jazakum Allahu Khairan!
3rd Annual Fundraising Gala - 2016
Uplift Charity held it's 3rd annual gala marking its ninth year of operations. The event was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Garden Grove and was attended by more than 350 supporters. Renowned scholars, Imams, community leaders and a special guest (UPLIFT's Client), sister Jill, spoke at the event including Shaikh Suhail Mulla, Shaikh Mohammed Faqih, and Shaikh Mustafa Umar.
A special feature of the event this year was the announcement of Uplift Charity's expansion to the Long Beach/Los Angeles areas due to a greater and growing need.