During Christmas, Christians believe that it’s the season of giving i.e. giving gifts to others. Added to that, Christians also love to receive gifts. Hence, on 24th December, this spirit was instantiated by Muslim volunteers in Corktown when they freely offered to work at the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church soup kitchen. The volunteers are members of Mercy-USA for Aid and Development. As a result, the regular volunteers, who are all Christians, were able to spend the day with their near and dear ones as the Muslim volunteers served meals.
The Muslim volunteers aided the endeavor by making food and afterwards distributing the food to 200 people. Canned goods were also given by the volunteers. The food that was distributed comprised of delicious edibles such as doughnuts, coffee, and fruit. Apart from the healthy food served, appetizing items were also distributed which uplifted the mood of the receiver.
The action of food distribution not only aided those who got the food packets, but also the ones who served the food felt happy to perform the job. One of the volunteer was Hibah Naseer. He admitted that he had the desire to visit a church for a long time. It gave Hibah, a great sense of honor and achievement for being able to watch people of different faiths uniting together for a common cause.
Even though, most Muslims don’t observe the festival of Christmas, Kayla Botelho, another Muslim volunteer came to work at the Christian soup kitchen so that a routine volunteer won’t need to go to work on Christmas. Kayla stated that Christmas is that time of the year when a person can give back, disregarding of what religion they follow. She mirrored that a great number of Muslims communicate their personal holiday spirit via various kind of service projects and a great part of Islam calls for giving back through charitable works.
Hence, the Muslims understood this well and helped Christian worker to take a leave from work for one day and enjoy their festivity.