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Volunteers help refugee families for Ramadan

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Thanks to a special group of ladies in the metro, families are able to keep their tradition of praying and eating together as a community. (KCTV) Thanks to a special group of ladies in the metro, families are able to keep their tradition of praying and eating together as a community. (KCTV)
LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -

Friday marks one week since the beginning of Ramadan and a group of volunteers in the metro are helping refugee families conserve their culture.

Hundreds of families come to community centers during the holy month of Ramadan. Thanks to a special group of ladies in the metro, those families are able to keep their tradition of praying and eating together as a community.

“We try to make it easy for them, where they don’t have to worry about where the food is going to come from,” said Sofia Khan a Ramadan food drive organizer.

During Ramadan, it’s typical to fast from sunrise to sundown. At the end of each day, they gather and break their fast as a community.

Something else that’s important during the month Ramadan is to help those in need. For the metro, they say that means mostly refugee families from Syria, Bosnia, and Somalia.

A group of women and their families fundraise, purchase, and pack up hundreds of food baskets and deliver them to different community centers.

They say that the need keeps growing each year.

"There are some that host 20 and then there are some that host 300-350, so it varies from one community center to the other," said volunteer Shadab Azaz.

Starting June 10, the same group of volunteers will begin a toy drive that will help children celebrate the end of Ramadan on June 25.

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