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IMRC Provides Blankets and Warm Clothes to 1164 Families in Eight States

Bihar: Fifty-five year old Khairun Nisa, a widow from village Koibar in
Gaya district of Bihar lives with her son in a mud house without any
windows. During winters, the space for windows is covered by polythene
bags, so as to not let in, the cold air blowing in the village.

But the polythene bags put on by Nisa are too thin to subside the bone
chilling cold in harsh winters of northern India. Her son being a daily
wage labourer, can’t afford warm blankets and clothes for everyone in the
family of six.

“We don’t have enough blankets to keep every one of us in the family warm
during the winters. Most of the time we keep ourselves warm by burning the
wood,” says Nisa.

Similar is the case of Shakeela Khatoon, 40, a widow from Village
Jholabheda of Chatra district in Jharkhand. She and her children’s work in
a farm just earning enough to survive.

“We can’t afford warm clothing and blankets, as it is difficult for us to
make our means meet ends. I tried buying blanket once, but I didn’t hadn’t
that much savings,” says Shakeela.

Taking note of such difficulties faced by people and continuing with its
practice of distributing warm clothes and blankets among people with the
onset of winter and sharp dip in temperatures, Indian Muslim Relief &
Charities (IMRC), a US-based relief organization,
has started the distribution across various cities and villages in
different states across northern India.

1164 needy and most deserving families comprising of 4656 individuals have
been provided with warm clothes and blankets in hundreds of villages and
slums in J&K, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Punjab and two
southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Families of Khairun Nisa and Shakeela Khatoon were also provided with
blankets and warm clothes.

In Jharkhand’s Chatra and Palamu districts along with Gaya district of
Bihar, approximately 600 families have been provided with blankets and warm
clothes.

“Warm clothes distribution is a multi stage process. We do surveys and make
a list of widows, destitute, needy and most deserving families and people
who are in dire need of warm clothes and blankets. Then a day is fixed when
our volunteers go door to door to deliver the kits,” says Bihar based
volunteer of IMRC, Maulana Wahid Nadvi.

The distribution also took place in Ambala, Mewat and Faridabad of Haryana
and Malerkotla in Punjab.

“This year we have been able to reach such villages where help in any form
has never reached before. People are happy and very appreciative of our
timely help,” said Mohd Shafi, IMRC volunteer from Haryana.

Earlier this month the warm clothes were also distributed among the fire
victims in Dalgate, Srinagar.

Notably, each year IMRC assists the needy during the cold wave in areas of
Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Jharkhand, and Bihar.

Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC) is a US based non-profit
organization which began in 1981 and helps run several programmes
throughout the country in partnership with over 100 organizations. It
focuses on providing education, emergency relief, medical & legal aid,
shelter and food for the needy. It has been at the forefront of providing
immediate relief to affected victims of the 2016 Bihar Floods, 2015 West
Bengal Floods, 2015 Nepal earth quakes, 2014 Kashmir Floods, 2013
Muzaffarnagar riots, 2012 Assam riots, and other natural/man-made
calamities.

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