SRINAGAR: A Los Angeles based non-profit organization, Kashmir American Humane Society (KAHS) has extended help to 120 American houseless citizens, a KAHS statement said. It was part of the group’s third annual event of Feeding and Assisting the Homeless. The event was organized on September 9, at a shelter in Pomona, California.
The event was organized in affiliation with INSAN Foundation, a US-based NGO that has been feeding the homeless for 50 + years. During the event, about 120 homeless people were provided with food and drinks. In addition, clothes were also distributed among the homeless.
Ikhlaq Bhat, a Kashmiri- American and a KAHS member said, “there are several men, women, and children who lack even the basic essentials of life such as – food, clothes, mattresses to sleep on or even an opportunity to take a daily shower, and events like these are organized to make them feel special”.
“This is not just an event where food is simply distributed among the needy. To make them feel important, volunteers set up tables, prepare food, serve food, and later clean up. All this is done to give it a personal touch,” Bhat was quoted saying. “The volunteers also assist with distributing toiletries such as shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, towels, etc. so that the homeless people can take a shower before going to bed at the shelter.”
KAHS is a California based non-profit organization with 501(c) 3 Tax -exempt status. The organization was founded in 2011 and comprises of Kashmiris living in America. KAHS develops and implements projects that promote and improve the social, physical and economic well being of people. KAHS relies on generous donations from friends and family. KAHS lacks any salaried staff thus having no administrative cost. All the work is being done and supported by one’s own free will on a voluntary basis.