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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, April 11, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based humanitarian organization, teamed up with Uplift Charity and West Coast Islamic Center for a drive-through food pantry and delivered food packages to more than 600 families impacted by the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The drive-through food pantry took place at 1717 South Brookhurst Street in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, April 11, 2020, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Local residents in need of food assistance drove through and received food box donations. Volunteers wore masks and gloves to protect beneficiaries as they drove through the line.

Baitulmaal West Coast Coordinator Abdullah Azab said they were overwhelmed with families passing through the line in their cars.

“I was worried we were going to cause traffic issues,” said Azab, who had publicized the drive-through food pantry the day before in surrounding neighborhoods. “Fortunately the Anaheim police department helped us out, really made things go smoothly.”

Azab said his organization raised more than $100,000 earlier this month to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We continue to raise money so we can help more people,” Azab continued. “It’s tough trying to get through this crisis, and it looks like it’s going to get harder before it gets better.”

For more information about COVID-19, please see the Center for Disease Control COVID-19 website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its COVID-19 relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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