Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Orphans to receive Ramadan gifts

K.S. Ramkumar

JEDDAH: This year’s Eid Al-Fitr will be special for thousands of orphans in Saudi Arabia and their counterparts in certain Muslim countries.

Surprising them with their favorite toys will be the month long Ramadan effort by Makkah Charitable Foundation of the Muslim World League, which in collaboration with certain shopping malls Kingdomwide, will be collecting toys from donors at various shopping malls in different parts of the Kingdom.

“The Giving Box” campaign will benefit more than 31,000 orphans including 5,000 in Saudi Arabia and more than 26,000 living in various Islamic countries,” Marwan H. Zawawi, acting vice president sales and marketing at Kinan International Real Estate Development Co. of Savola Group, said at the launch of the campaign at Roshan Mall on Tuesday.

The drive kicked off with two Alawadi children, Omar and Ali, dropping toys in a huge box as their donation.

The campaign aims to collect toys from donors shopping at Kinan’s seven malls in Madinah, Riyadh, Jeddah, Yanbu and Jubail during the holy month and distribute them to the orphans sponsored by the foundation. “The idea of presenting toys to orphans is aimed at making them feel the joy of Eid like all children who have parents to grant them love, compassion and giving,” Zawawi said. Sudan and Yemen are among the countries whose orphans will benefit from the drive, described as the first of its kind.

The campaign’s objective is also to develop the spirit of giving among all members of society, especially children, and urge them to donate their extra toys to orphans so that they enjoy the festival and grow up to do good and provide a helping hand to the needy,” he added.
Source : Arab News

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