Muslims, Christians & Jews Unite to Feed Atlantans in Need

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Trac5, a new peace and reconciliation organization, brought together Muslims, Christians and Jews from the Atlanta community to fight hunger and poverty rather than each other this past weekend. While recent events in the news have shown division and distrust between Muslims and Christians, more than 120 diverse Atlantans united this weekend to work together to feed 60 refugee families in need.

On Saturday, October 2, 2010, Trac5, a new peace and reconciliation organization that seeks to build bridges between the Abrahamic faiths, brought together key partners and organizations to help feed refugees from war-torn countries who have come to reside in Atlanta.

This October 2nd “Compassion In Action” event brought together more than 120 volunteers, half of which were children. Muslims, Christians and Jews made up this diverse crowd of families eager to serve their local community by giving back and blessing those in need. Trac5 actively works to connect individuals, groups and organizations from various faith backgrounds to work together on service projects so that while they serve together they not only build relationships with each other, but they also tear down the walls that keep them apart.

The organizations that Trac5 partnered with for this event were Give A Lift Foundation, Inc. (GALF), 12Stone Church and members of Atlanta’s Reform Jewish Community. GALF hosts a quarterly food packaging and distribution event called “Project Feed Atlanta” where they care for the less fortunate. 12Stone church hosts an annual “Compassion In Action” event where thousands of volunteers serve at various projects all throughout greater Atlanta. Trac5 brought these two major groups together for this special event to combine their efforts and bring a little hope to the community.

Volunteers met at the Tucker Recreation Center at 4898 LaVista Rd. to pack care packages with food and then deliver them to refugee families that suffer from food insecurity and hunger in the Clarkston area. Each care package included approximately $100 of fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, dairy, meat, rice, oil and bread. After the children packed 120 boxes (two per family), all the volunteers enjoyed a meal together before sending everyone out to deliver the packages to 60 pre-selected families.

In preparation for this event, Trac5 and GALF found local sponsors from the community and raised the $6000 necessary to purchase the healthy food items to feed the refugee families. Premium sponsors for this event include: Utilities Analyses, Inc., PureFUN!, Inc., and Tree of Life Foundation. There were also anonymous donors as well as many who have given directly to GALF knowing that they fund the quarterly Project Feed events.

While recent stories in the news regarding Muslims, Christians and Jews have been filled with anger, confusion and distrust; this Compassion In Action event offers a different narrative. On this Saturday in October, the diverse volunteers who participated in this event sent a message of unity, care and hope to the Atlanta community and ultimately to the world.


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