Islamic Relief Canada Partners with The Salvation Army to Help Vulnerable Canadians 

Two members of Islamic Relief hold care packages in front of Salvation Army shelter
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There is no better path to solving challenges than the famous saying, “Two heads are better than one.” The Salvation Army’s supporters and partners know the unique needs of vulnerable people in their local   communities and play a fundamental part in giving hope and help to struggling Canadians.

Islamic Relief Canada, an international organization, provides rapid relief services to impoverished communities in need. They partnered with The Salvation Army to provide care packages to its shelter locations in Vancouver, Halifax and Saskatoon.

“While we serve communities here and abroad, this year, especially with the ongoing pandemic, we wanted to focus on helping our local communities,” says Asana, the team leader for Islamic Relief Canada in Halifax.

The winter kit program happens annually across the country; however, this was the first time The Salvation Army and Islamic Relief partnered together for this initiative. Each kit included hygiene kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and warm winter apparel.

“The pandemic has severely impacted the homeless and organizations who work to help them, such as The Salvation Army,” says Asana.

“With how well this partnership went, we hope to continue working with The Salvation Army”

In Vancouver, The Salvation Army Centre of Hope in Abbotsford is one the largest shelters in the region for unhoused individuals. Islamic Relief reached out to drop off 50 kits for its guests.

“The Salvation Army was happy for our help,” says Wajiha, content developer at Islamic Relief Canada.

In Halifax, Islamic Relief Canada provided 150 kits to The Salvation Army Centre of Hope men’s shelter.

“With how well this partnership went, we hope to continue working with The Salvation Army into the future on this annual winter kit project and others,” says Asna.

By: Sharifa Duncan