Ohio Muslims sewing masks for frontliners

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Muslims in the American State of Ohio are providing masks to healthcare professionals, essential workers and those in the community in need, report said.

The Islamic Society of Greater Dayton with around a dozen sewers between the cities of Dayton and Cincinnati has made around 400 masks, Ohio-based WDTN said in its Thursday report.

Right now, they’re aiming to make 300 to 400 masks a week, it said.

The group started sewing masks around two weeks ago and have increased the number they want to make because of the CDC’s recommendation that everyone should wear a cloth mask.

“Seeing the willingness of volunteers and people that want to help this initiative, and they’re taking time out of their own days to make these masks, it is very heartwarming,” organizer Mariam Elgafy said.

The group is also raising money with a GoFundMe to purchase more fabric and provide financial support those sewing, since many of them were laid off due to the pandemic.

So far they’ve raised more than $1,000.

Those who are in need of masks, or would like to donate to the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton for this cause, they may contact Mariam Elgafy at elgafymm@mail.uc.edu.

Other American Muslim groups were also reported to be helping fellow Americans amid the COVID-19 crisis.

(Please also read: Muslims help fellow Americans amid Covid-19 crisis)

Among them is the Islamic Center of Elizabethtown in Pennsylvania which will be giving away 1,000 pizzas.

“We are giving 1,000 pizzas away to our neighbors in Hardin County. So far we have given 600 coupons to students in need,” Imam Talha Vaid said in an email.

In Florida, the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay is also helping those in need amid the virus outbreak engulfing the world, reports said.

(Please also read: Tampa Bay Muslims in Florida giving out food amid Covid-19 crisis)

Volunteers are working hour after hour, preparing boxes of food to give to people in need, reports said.

“It’s open for everyone,” said Hatem Fraiz, Director of the Islamic Community of Tampa. “Every neighbor, race, region, color.”

(With agencies)

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