With an extreme cold weather in many regions of Quebec, a Muslim charity program is distributing winter clothes to homeless people in Montreal and Quebec City.
Islamic Relief Canada, whose mission is to provide emergency relief to communities hit by disasters, said that low temperatures put the lives of homeless people in danger.
It’s the first time the charity has conducted an aid operation in the country, spokesperson Nora Shamroukh said in an interview with Presse Canadienne.
A group from Islamic Relief Canada served more than 600 people in January in the cafeteria of the Mission’s Webster Pavilion, said Melissa Bellerose, director of communications and public affairs at the Old Brewery Mission. They brought about 50 hygiene kits, featuring such items as razors and shampoo.
The organization plans to return to distribute 500 “winter kits.” Their contents will be adapted to the needs of homeless people and will include things like winter coats, boots, hooded sweatshirts, thermal underwear, scarves and gloves.
The Centre culturel islamique du Québec, the mosque that was attacked close to a year ago, will coordinate the operation in Quebec City.
“In our faith, all homeless people, without exception, are people who need our attention,” Mahédine Djamai, the centre’s spokesperson, said. “It is our duty.”