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AAFS provides warm meals and blankets to families at children’s hospital

AAFS provides warm meals and blankets to families at children’s hospital

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered for saying “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

To commemorate the social activism of Dr. King, Arab American Family Services (AAFS) recently held a day of service entitled “Share the Warmth”  for children and families at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

The service project brought AAFS Youth together to make and distribute blankets as well as meals to families in need at the hospital. The goal was for participants to both learn about and actively uphold Dr. King’s commitment to service by providing support to families in need.

The youth, ranging from kindergarden through high school ages, gathered at the Bridgeview Community Center to give back to their local community. Ms. Tammie Ismail, Principal of Aqsa School in Bridgeview, also participated in the event and offered to host a second event at Aqsa School on January 22 after being inspired by the commitment to service the youth displayed.

At Aqsa School, AAFS was provided with the multi-purpose room to make more blankets and Aqsa School students were able to participate. AAFS expresses sincere thanks for this as the room was spacious and Aqsa students were very helpful in making even more blankets for the children and families. Nearly 60 young volunteers participated in the effort.

Many students were motivated knowing that these blankets were going to help other people their age feel better. Many of them also felt very thankful to have been offered this opportunity. Service hours were also given to students for helping with this event.

On January 29, 2018, a total of 73 blankets were donated to children at the Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. The hospital’s Donations Coordinator was so thrilled and impressed by all the bright colors and quality of the blankets. The hospital staff were also very excited about the blankets because they were unisex, so they could be given to any child in need.

In addition to the blankets, AAFS partnered with the Ronald McDonald House to provide warm meals to families at the hospital, ultimately feeding nearly 50 people. A group of five AAFS and Ronald McDonald House volunteers distributed the lunch that was generously catered by Al-Bawadi Grill in Bridgeview. All the families and volunteers were so happy with the taste and diversity of the food and many families were also able to store food for later.

AAFS extends sincere thanks to our generous donors and volunteers, staff and students at Aqsa School, the Ronald McDonald House, and Advocate Children’s Hospital for “sharing the warmth” and carrying on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of service.

See photos from “Share the Warmth” MLK Service Day

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