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ICNA Relief's Back 2 School Giveaways in Cities Across the Country

Find out about giveaways near you!


New York:

On September 5th, ICNA Relief held a giveaway at the site of the future ICNA Brooklyn Youth Center.



New Jersey:


ICNA Relief held a Back 2 School Giveaway in Teaneck late August. A total of 200 bags filled with supplies were given away. Residents of the area were grateful for the help. 

"It's helps people who can't afford school supplies. It's very useful to the community," said. Nicole Martinez

"I have a daughter going to kindergarten and a son going into eighth grade. It helps since backpacks are expensive," said another mother, who wished to stay anonymous.



Jersey City

ICNA Relief held two giveaways in Jersey City recently -- one with Islamic Learning Center of Jersey City and one at Masjid Al hoda. We could not have done this without volunteers such as Young Muslims of Jersey City and Masjid Alhoda Youth Jazakum Allah Khair!







Your donations to our Back2School Campaign brought smiles to so many children! We distributed 270 backpacks, including supplies, in Roger's Park, IL alone.

Says six-year-old, first grader, Sarah, who's attending school in the USA, for the first time, "I like the bag alot and I picked green because it's shiny. I like the things inside.I am going to use it in my school. A big hug and love to you."

Jazak Allah for giving Sarah, and so many like her, a head start!








On August 29th after a violent night in the city of Boston with 5 incidents of gun violence, ICNA Relief MA distributed 200 backpacks filled with school supplies just one street over from where there was a murder the night before.

ICNA Relief MA set up their distribution in the Grove Hall community which has experienced an escalation in gun violence this summer. The neighborhood was a bustle of activity with the Caribbean Carnival procession happening only blocks away. Families en-route to enjoy the Caribbean parade were greeted by ICNA Relief volunteers who passed out free school supplies to excited children who will be returning to school next week.

Students both young and old from a local Somali madressa at Masjid Al-Quran also received backpacks. It was thrilling to see students in Quran class who still had the backpacks that ICNA Relief gave them last year Alhumdilillah.

Volunteers for the day included Inter-faith partners from the Jewish community and staff from Project Right, a local Community Development Corporation.




ICNA Relief Georgia distributed backpacks containing school supplies at Mohammad School in Atlanta, GA on Aug. 1st. The school is located close to Masjid Al Islam.  The Mohammad School is the oldest Muslim school in Atlanta. In 1980, the community came together to fulfill the dream of Sister Clara Mohammed and opened an Islamic Institution that saluted her by naming the school the Sister Clara Mohammed School.​ In 1989,  its 9th -12th grade program was renamed W.D. Mohammed High School, or simply as Mohammad School. ICNA Relief Georgia's annual Back 2 School Giveaway is part of the tradition at this institution; we provide free backpacks to students here at the beginning of each school year. Alhumdulillah.



Thank You Target for Supporting Us Every Year!

 "​The Dallas Road TARGET in Marietta, GA is a fan of ICNA Relief's Back 2 School Giveaways. Last year they dozens of donated backpack and notebooks. They are supporting us again this year with gift cards and will donate leftover backpacks at the end of the summer (that we will give away next year). Thank you Target!"

- Br. Hamid Qureshi, ICNA Relief Georgia




ICNA Relief Houston held a Back 2 School Giveaway the branch's food pantry on Aug. 10th. More than 1,500 backpacks are packaged and distributed among underprivileged neighborhoods and to children of refugees. Shabbir Hasan, ICNA Relief's Community Outreach Coordinator (second from the left) being awarded with his certificate of recognition by Council Member Mike Laster, District J.






By the mercy of Allah,  ICNA Relief Dallas’ Back 2 School Giveaway was conducted at the ICNA Relief Dallas Food Pantry on Aug. 1st. Children were waiting by the venue 3 hours before the event even started. We gave out 300 school bags packed with the needed accessories in only an hour and a half. Br Hamza Abdullah, Br Asif Mehmood along with his family and Br Zaid Fakhri came out to help. May Allah reward them.  

ICNA Relief Dallas iniatiated their program in late July by focusing on Syrian families (first picture from the left) who recently arrived and are being helped by us in smoothening their resettlement process.




On Saturday July 11th, local ICNA Relief distributed 200 school bags filled with school supplies to the Garden Grove community. They were joined by special guest Mayor Bao Nguyen.

For Muslims, an essential part of the faith is the principle of giving and being a good neighbor. This initiative is part of ICNA Relief’s national annual Back-2-School Giveaway Project, which is hosting over 45 similar events across the U.S in over 15 states. These efforts are helping over 15,000 children nationwide, where children will be receiving school bags filled with supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, rulers, crayons and scissors.

ICNA Relief and our partners hope this initiative caters to the needs of low-income families in the community, regardless of their race, gender or religion. Many families are under financial pressure; some have lost jobs and find it difficult to buy school supplies for their children. Through the Back to School Giveaway, we hope to both help struggling families provide for their children and inspire the American Muslim community to partake in this commendable act. ICNA Relief So Cal will be partnering with Islamic Society of Orange County-Garden Grove, Islamic Institute of Orange County-Anaheim, ISLAH-LA, Masjid Al Sabireen-Pomona, Masjid Al Shareef-Long Beach and Masjid La Mirada.