Young Muslims conduct winter campaign to help vulnerable in South Yorkshire over the festive season
A group of young Muslims have been taking part in a winter campaign to help vulnerable people living across South Yorkshire during the festive season.
The volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) organised various hospital and care home visits, a meal sharing session with the homeless and a free taxi service for the elderly on Christmas Day to spread the festive cheer to those living in both Sheffield and Rotherham this holiday season.
Over 50 members of the AMYA South Yorkshire branch visited Hallamshire Care Home and Heeley Bank Care Home, in Sheffield, as well as Broom Lane Care Home, in Rotherham, to meet with over 100 residents and distribute gifts as well as flowers, fruit and chocolate, and Christmas cards.
The group also took a trip to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the Northern General Hospital and Rotherham General Hospital to hand out toys and chocolates to all the young patients and nurses working on Christmas Eve.
Nadeem Ahmad Regional Youth Leader for Yorkshire said: “Islam urges every person to partake in charitable giving, and that even an act of kindness towards another is charity. AMYA has and continues to instil young people with a sense of civil responsibility, and a desire to promote harmony within our local communities.
“Our members have enjoyed living in Yorkshire for decades and so any opportunity to help our local community is a much welcomed one”
Apart from the gift giving activities, the young people donated various items to food banks across the region and over 70 food packets were distributed to the homeless in Sheffield as part of the winter seasonal campaign which also saw those living on the streets receive necessities such as sleeping bags and pillows.
They also responded to the Hallam FM Cash for Kids charity toys appeal by giving 60 toys to the cause which will then be forwarded to those children who may otherwise go without at Christmas.
Once Christmas is over, there are plans for the group to head out on New Years Day to help both Sheffield and Rotherham Council to clean the streets after festivities the night before.