During the holiday season – a time of giving and sharing – the Dawoodi Bohras of Calgary spread some joy by preparing and serving food to over 350 guests of The Mustard Seed homeless shelter.
Falling during one of the coldest months of the year, the holiday season invariably proves to be a challenging time for the homeless population of Calgary. With a surge in visitors, The Mustard Seed faces increased demand for sponsors and support.
Every year, Project Rise volunteers from the local Dawoodi Bohra community contribute by purchasing, cooking and serving a dinner at one of The Mustard Seed’s biggest shelters in Calgary. Visitors are treated to South Asian specialties, popular among the Bohra community, to provide variety in the food served at the shelter.
In addition to serving meals, the Dawoodi Bohras gained a better understanding of the difficulties experienced by the homeless living outdoors and exposed to the harsh elements. They also appreciated the challenges faced by The Mustard Seed staff during the surge of demand during the winter months. The volunteers were deeply moved by The Mustard Seed staff’s dedication to helping the vulnerable people of Calgary. The Bohras were glad to lend their support again at this time of year.
Commenting on the Dawoodi Bohras’ support, Zeny Etheridge, Volunteer Coordinator at The Mustard Seed, said: “Thank you so much for your wonderful donation of an awesome sponsor dinner meal to The Mustard Seed Shelter. We truly appreciate your commitment to the people we serve. With your help, we’re able to serve a better quality meal. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you for your continued support. Thanks to you and everyone from Project Rise and The Dawoodi Bohras of Calgary.”
Project Rise is a global philanthropic initiative by the Dawoodi Bohras. Through a variety of projects, the small Bohra community in Calgary empathizes and supports local vulnerable people. The annual dinner at the Mustard seed is an event that the volunteers look forward to and learn from every time that it is carried out.