Iranian-Americans giving back this Thanksgiving

November 17, 2012 9:43:07 AM PST
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, several Iranian-American organizations are joining forces to offer opportunities to give back to Houstonians in need.

The Association of Iranian American Professionals, Iranian Cultural Foundation, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, Shabeh Jomeh and the Society of Iranian American Women for Education are collection donations and encouraging people to volunteer this Thanksgiving.

The coalition is accepting the following donations, which will go directly to SEARCH Homeless Services:

  • Monetary Donation: Write your check directly to "Search Homeless Services" and a tax receipt will be mailed to you by them


  • Canned Food Drive: Canned meats and fish, hearty soups, juices, cereal, applesauce, crackers, beef jerky, powdered milk and granola bars


  • Clothing Drive: Unused or gently used clothing (washed and ironed) for men, women and children; jackets, sweaters and new socks are preferred


  • Hygiene Drive: Toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream, deodorants, body soap, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer and feminine hygiene products


  • Toys: New and gently used items


Donations can be dropped off today and tomorrow from 10am to 1pm at the following locations:

  • Americo Offices (7575 San Felipe St., Houston, TX 77063)


  • Armond Bakery & Caf? (12151 Westheimer Rd. #L, Houston, TX 77077) this location will accept donations during their business hours from now until 11-20-12.


  • ICF Office (9703 Richmond Rd., Suite 105, Houston, TX 77042)


The coalition is also encouraging volunteerism.

They are encouraging people to volunteer at the drop off centers listed above.

They will also be present at the 34th annual Thanksgiving Big Super Feast at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers at the feast will receive a free "Persian Thanksgiving" T-shirt and a certificate of attendance will be provided for students.

To volunteer or for more information, contact PersianThanksGiving@gmail.com or call Navid at 832-687-8030.

Click here to see our interview with more information from Farhood Malek with the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans.


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