We’re sure the folks in Fort McMurray are going to appreciate this.
The Toronto-based International Development and Relief Foundation, founded in 1984 by a group of Canadian Muslims, has announced that they will be donating an Eid gift of $250,000 to Habitat for Humanity. The money will be used to repair and rebuild houses for those who were uninsured or had minimal insurance coverage.
“What better way for Canadian Muslims to celebrate both Canada Day and Eid than to join hundreds of thousands of other Canadians in helping the fellow-Canadians who’ve had their lives turned upside down in Fort McMurray?” IDRF Chair Zeib Jeeva said in a statement.
The money behind the donation was raised during a pre-Canada Day dinner held in Ontario and attended by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum.
While the residents in Fort McMurray were allowed to return to their homes about a month ago, Alberta only announced this week that the fires were under control. More than 2,400 buildings were destroyed while thousands of others were damaged.
Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan–a time when Muslims focus on giving to charity, religious devotion and fasting.
Way to make Canada proud, guys.