Group of Muslims, Jews Spends Christmas Spreading Cheer

December 26, 2017 07:21 AM

Even some Minnesotans who don't celebrate Christmas spent Sunday getting into the holiday spirit.

They started at about 10:30 a.m. at the Target Field Light Rail Station in Minneapolis, hopped on the Blue Line, and in sub-zero temperatures on Christmas Day, they got to work.


"We're gonna hand out packages of socks, hand-warmers, granola bars to people who look like they're riding the train because they have no place else to go," explained Marlene Bukstein. She's a co-leader of the Minneapolis chapter of a group called the The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Twin Cities. In a nutshell, as unusual as it may sound, it's a group of about 40 Muslim and Jewish women looking to spread some Christmas cheer.

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"We are giving back today on the day that we know our Christian brothers and sisters are observing their religious holiday," said Minneapolis Chapter Co-Leader Adja Kada Ann.

By passing out bags full of warm clothes and snacks to those in need, their hope is that they can show there's a lot more uniting us than dividing us.

As Ann put it, "Muslims, Jewish, Christians, we are all human beings."

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Ruby Livon, 13, even decided to spend her own special day with the group.

"It's my birthday," she explained, showing that on this Christmas -- even if you don't celebrate -- it truly is better to give than to receive. 

"It feels nice to give back to people," she said.


Josh Rosenthal

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