The Olive Tree will have a lot of food to give to people in need this holiday season because of help from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Lloydminster Chapter.
The community went door to door collecting food and cash donations and ended up raising 1400 pounds of food for the Olive Tree and $1,450 for Humanity First Canada, which works on humanitarian projects and disaster relief.
Imam Mansoor Azeem says the community makes giving their duty.
“It’s thought that no soul should starve, that no soul should go hungry. Every single Muslim knows the responsibility to feed the poor, to feed the hungry and that’s why it wasn’t even a problem for us.”
Azeem says the community’s reactions to the donations are always positive and this makes them able to hit larger goals every year.
“Last year we were able to collect a thousand pounds of food, this year we have collected 1400 pounds of food and I think by next year if we go this way, we’re thinking we will double it up and we will have 2000 pounds of food donated to the local food bank. We’ll definitely try to do it.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Lloydminster Chapter says they plan to continue the donations for the foreseeable future.