Interfaith group spreads joy with giving out packages on Christmas

Updated: December 25, 2019 10:38 PM

Despite not celebrating the holiday, Muslim and Jewish women with the Sisterhood of Salaam and Shalom in the Twin Cities spent Christmas day on the light rail giving out packages to homeless riders.

“It feels really good to be able to provide a little cheer in the lives of our homeless population,” said Adja Kaba, co-leader of the local Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom chapter.

Socks, gloves, scarves, hats, and food were shared with the homeless who were riding on the light rail looking for shelter on Christmas day.

“We have watched people open the packages and immediately take out the socks, put them on, the hand warmers, use them,” said Marlene Bukstein, co-leader of the local Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom chapter.

At least 300 care packages are going out to those in need as family and friends of volunteers also joined the season of giving and provided that extra helping hand to strangers in the cold.

“I've never felt like I've had a bigger voice, but now I'm feeling like I can actually change something and it feels great to help all these people, and help them maybe get a new start in life, maybe at least warm socks or something like that for the holidays,” said Omar Kaba, who also volunteered.

The group of Muslim and Jewish women work to bridge the religious divide by bringing volunteers across faiths to help spread joy all year round.

“I think it's great, and it shows the sense of community for our Jewish sisters to say we support you 100 percent, and let's do something together that is actually in line with our values and our religion,” said Fatu Magassouba.

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