The Muslim community association helps students prepare for the start of the new school year

UTICA, NY (WUTR) – Back to school will be here before we know it, and the Mohawk Valley Muslim Community Association is working with ICNA Relief to help Utica students prepare for the upcoming school year. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays in Town Hall Square, residents can stop to pick up school supplies, as well as visit a free health care clinic and Pfizer vaccination site.

“We seem to have come through the worst of the pandemic as a community, and so with the kids going back to school if there’s a little thing we can do to help that, then we want to be there to help that. “said Tom Facchine, Imam of the Muslim Community Association of Mohawk Valley.

The president of the organization, Dr Mohsin Syed, added: “This will be possible thanks to volunteers from different medical providers, doctors, as well as nurse practitioners and medical assistants.

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and MP Marianne Buttenschon will join medical staff at the event, on site to help distribute at least 500 backpacks. Over the past two years, the initiative has run out of backpacks for the first two hours, so they recommend arriving early taking the kids.

Dr Syed explained, “There will also be candy and other brochures to support and entertain them. They want the children to be present at the event “so that people don’t take too many bags”.

“Bring your child and take bags and supplies and while you are there waiting for it to be done have your blood pressure checked if you have not been to a health care provider or if you have not. not taken your cholesterol or blood sugar. . Any of these things can be done there, ”said Dr Syed.

If you are looking to help, you can send cash donations to ICNA Relief or the Mohawk Valley Muslim Community Association specifying that your donation is for backpacks. You can also visit Town Hall Square to help set up and distribute supplies.

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