Local Group Reaches Out

1 decade 11 months 1 week ago October 13, 2005 Oct 13, 2005 Thursday, October 13 2005 Thursday, October 13, 2005 10:17:47 PM CDT in News

Helping people in need is what Maaz Maqbool says inspires him.

"He said 'I am one of the people displaced by the hurricane and I just think its great that you're doing this for us because we need this help and I really appreciate it,' and something like that hit me on a personal level and I could see face to face who I was helping," says Maqbool, of the Muslim Students Organization.

Seeing who he was helping encouraged Maqboul and other members of the Organization to do more.  That's why the group has turned annual fundraisers into events to help victims of Pakistan's devastating earthquake. Some of the events that MSO has taken on include a fast-a-thon next Thursday and an orphan drive.

"Hurricane Katrina was so damaging to the United States, which is one of the most powerful countries in the world, you can imagine what happens to a poor country like Pakistan, Afghanistan, or especially Kashmir. When something like this happens they have no resources. So if we can just raise awareness about disaster and get people to open up their hearts and their wallets to a good cause, then I think that will be a successful event."

Some organizations people can go through to help with relief are UNICEF, the Red Cross and the World Food Program.

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