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Mahjabeen Quadri
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 2:57 pm    Post subject: Boston Team Reply with quote

Dear All,

We got a very nice email from Chhavi Sachdev in Boston who wrote that there are many of his colleagues wanted to help but could not contribute money, but can contribute tents, blankets, warm clothes, etc.

Unfortunately I have not heard of any collection drive in Boston, but there are drop-off points in NY. Would anyone in the Boston area be interested in working with Chhavi (ivahhc@yahoo.com)?

Two things that will be important would be to follow proper packing guidelines and collected clean, used items. I think everyone agrees that buying new items is an inefficient use of funds.

Best,

Mahjabeen Wasim
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Chhavi Sachdev



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 3:19 pm    Post subject: followup Reply with quote

hi there
That looks great (except the 'him' should be a 'her' referring to me Smile)
Harpreet, who is in Boston, sent a note asking for material or monetary donations. His friend, Aamina was going to take stuff to the collection points in NYC so I double checked with her and she said she'd be willing to take as much, as many times as possible to the PIA points. Harpreet offered to pick stuff up from me on Thursday (since I am 'be-kar') but I am going to tie up with him or Aamina before Thursday, otherwise I'm afraid my office will look a donation center! Very Happy They're making a run
to NY next weekend, I believe. From there on, the clothes will reach Pakistan and be distributed through a contact of hers (Aamia's father? Not sure. Crackly cell phone connection) and to people in need, bypassing NGOs and Charities.
Thanks very much! I hope the post on the forum yields some results -- connections, donations, whatever -- too!
Chhavi
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Mahjabeen Quadri
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Roohi Abdullah < rabdullah@gmail.com>
Date: Oct 14, 2005 4:47 PM
Subject: Re: New Topic "Boston Team" in "Earthquake Relief" forum
To: forums@developpakistan.org
Cc: ivahhc@yahoo.com


Mahj, FYI about the clothes drive in Boston

Assalamualaikum,

My name is Rasha Ali and i'm a med student living in Cambridge this

year. It's good to see so much positive energy on this front; I've

been in touch with a number of people trying to coordinate clothing

drives over the past two days and wanted to share what I know so

everyone's on the same page.

Samrah Naseem from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy is working in

conjunction with the American Muslim Health Professionals in NYC, who

are going to drive down the weekend of October 21-23 with u-hauls to

pick up the warm clothing items and take them back to NYC where they

will be airlifted free of charge by PIA.

The key issue is to have a central drop-off location so the AMHP folks

don't have to drive around to a bunch of places when they get here.

With that in mind, Samrah and the other pharm students have

volunteered to pick up the clothes from a few different universities

including Harvard, MIT, etc. once they've all been collected. Or, you

guys can drop them off at the pharm school, either way. Items should

preferably be dropped off that last weekend because there isn't an

extraordinary amount of room to store stuff.

I sent this message around to some Islamic centers and the adult

community (ISB, Saugus community), and they've been given a collection

deadline of Oct 21st at which point we'll pick up the items from them

and transfer to Mass Pharm. Otherwise, the individuals who want to

drop off items on the pharm campus directly have a deadline of 10pm on

October 23rd.

*Note*: If anyone wants to drop anything off at the college of

pharmacy, they need to get in touch with one of the following people

first to coordinate a time:

Samrah Naseem:

Samrah.Naseem@stu.mcphs.edu

516-784-8867

Ateka Ahmed:

(617) 953-4086

Zikra Kaleem:

(617) 960-7160

We need help spreading the message to other area mosques/communities.

If anyone is from the area and is familiar with other mosques they'd

be willing to get in touch with, let me know.

>From all reports, the items most needed are sweaters, sweatshirts,

blankets, jackets, coats, gloves, etc. All of the above can be new or

used, but socks and thermals should be new, as per NYC. Also, items

should ultimately be boxed and labeled.

Please keep up with the suggestions and good work.

Salaam,

Rasha Ali

rasha.inas@gmail.com

UIC-COM Class of 2007
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Mahjabeen Quadri
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a message from Aamina Akram. You can contact her at aaminaakram@hotmail.com

Hello,

I'm happy to see so much interest and am more than happy to collect
clothing. I am in the Boston area every day and can pick up anytime in
the
evening or weekends. I am collecting all of the clothing and sending it
directly to Pakistan with my Uncle's name on it as he is in the Army
and
extremely active all over Pakistan. He is assuring that all the items
will
be appropriately distributed amongst those that are most in need and as
soon
as they arrive.

I plan on going to NY next Saturday, the 22nd as that will give
everyone an
adequate amount of time to gather clothes. I would appreciate it if I
could
collect them by Thursday so that we can properly pack and prepare them
in an
organized fashion.

Items that are needed: warm jackets, clean socks, mittens, hats,
sweaters,
blankets, sleeping bags.

Feel free to give my contact info to anyone interested in helping. I
can
also be reached on my cell phone: (860) 478-0502

Let me know if you have any other questions!
I look forward to hearing from you and together hopefully we can make a
difference in this devastating situation.

Take care,
Aamina

ps - just let me know where and when to pick up. if its easier we can
plan a
few different nights this week in different locations to help everyone.
i'm
open to anything!
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Niveen Sayeed



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2005 9:40 pm    Post subject: Tent for donation Reply with quote

Hi,

a friend of mine would like to donate a large tent (suitable for a medical facility w/the capacity to hold about 40/50 ppl) and it is made of a very durable weatherproof material and can withstand snowloads also. The only problem is that it comes in 7 boxes that each weigh 100 lbs, i've been told this is too heavy to send through PIA and was wondering if anyone could suggest alternative methods of getting it there

thanks
niveen
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Amina Khan



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2005 11:37 pm    Post subject: Boston Earthquake relief drop off Reply with quote

I just read on the PAGB website that they have organized a drop off in the Boston area. Might save some people the time to drive all the way to New York--or maybe check with PAGB and help them out.

Anyway, check out pagb.org They have details on several drop off points and a list of needed/acceptable items.

Amina

PS. Unfortunately, we were not here this weekend. Did anyone on this forum have a sense of how much was collected through the fundraiser today?
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M. Sajjad Haider



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

im happy to hear all the people who are trying to help and support the relief efforts. im in lahore now and for the past week i had been in abbottabd and other northern areas.

from what i have seen there is an abundant supply of clothing available. they are actually going to waste in some areas. what is needed are tents. ia relative of mine brought camping tents from dubai these are about 5 pounds heavy and the size of a small sports bag. a man can carry 4-6 of these easily and each one can acomodate about 6-8 or more ppl in emergency. theyr worth abt 5000 pak rs each and we set up a 100 tent village in ogror valley. more are on the way. we have some trekkers who have carried these tents to remote vaillages. if u want help see if u can arrange for these or other light weight tents. i know plenty of places that need them urgently. thanks

sajjad
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Chhavi Sachdev



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 10:43 am    Post subject: followup on Boston Reply with quote

I just wanted to let people know that Aamina picked up a Land Cruiser full of clothes/sleeping bags yesterday and there is still more stuff at my office.
I'm directing more people to Mass College of Pharmacy for more drop offs.
Also, don't know if you saw this, but Human Development Foundation (hdf.com) has a registry set up on Walmart -- you can purchase sleeping bags directly and have them sent straight to Pakistan. I've asked for more details on where and how these are being distributed.
http://www.walmart.com/giftregistry/gr_detail.do?registryId=26774228621
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Amyn Moolji



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI, I had called the Walmart Foundation to actually have walmart put up a link to donate on its website and perhaps give us discounts on products. They had done this with Hurricane Katrina. Their response was that they were considering giving a one-time donation but do not plan to do any fundraising. Perhaps if more people follow up, they might change their mind.
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