Lexington’s Muslim community is holding it’s first-ever “Day of Dignity” Saturday. The event, to be held at Douglas Park off Georgetown Street will take place from 9:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon.
Ratul Ahmed with SHARE Kentucky says the focus is serving the homeless and needy residents in the West End.
“Our sense of giving and community and building ties with our neighbors regardless of your faith, or background, or ethnicity. That’s what’s important to us. That we’re giving for the sake of God.”
SHARE stands for Service in Human Advancement and Resource Enhancement.
Ahmed says hygiene and school supplies will be distributed along with coats, socks, and other winter weather clothing. Health professionals will volunteer their time to provide dental and vision screenings, plus HIV testing.
Several agencies representing substance abuse, adoption, and veterans services will also participate in the Day of Dignity.
The local group received a $10,000 grant from Islamic Relief USA.