Mus­lim Food Bank Suc­cess Sto­ries

The Miracle - - Youth -

Parvin not to tell Aarizu about his con­di­tion be­cause he didn’t want to worry her. To help with her preg­nancy, Parvin con­nected Aarizu with She­way, a sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tion for preg­nant women which pro­vided Aarizu with pre­na­tal vi­ta­mins as well as a gift card. Parvin helped in­ter­pret for Aarizu and drove her back to her home. Parvin also an­swered many of Farhad and Aarizu’s ques­tions rang­ing from weather-ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing to check­ing bus tim­ing to even how to cross the street. Some­timesParvin an­swered ques­tions they hadn’t even asked. Parvin went the ex­tra mile to bring out a pos­i­tive flare within this fam­ily. She of­ten spoke to Farhad and Aarizu about ways to dis­tress them­selves by us­ing na­ture as a means of ther­apy. “I didn’t just help them with in­te­gra­tion and life skills, I also helped them adopt a pos­i­tive out­look on life,” Parvin said. “I said to them that just hav­ing an open mind will en­sure that you re­ceive what the uni­verse has in store for you.” One of the most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences for Parvin was when she was in the car with Farhad, his wife and their 12-year-old son. Emo­tions were high as Farhad re­counted the bat­tles they fought to get to this point in their lives. Parvin wanted to break the ice so she asked Farhad to sing. Farhad used to sing in Per­sian and Turk­ish be­fore life took a toll on him. At first, Farhad was hes­i­tant but af­ter Aarizu in­sisted, he started his ser­e­nade. “I’d never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like that be­fore,” Parvin re­calls. “Be­lieve it or not, all of us, in­clud­ing Farhad, broke down hear­ing him sing.” Though Farhad is still fight­ing his cancer, he is now hope­ful that life will give him and his fam­ily an­other chance. Th­ese are real sto­ries where our vol­un­teers have an im­pact on mem­bers of our com­mu­nity help­ing them progress in their lives. In­shaAl­lah next week we will bring you an­other story. Please join us to have a pur­pose in your life to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of your broth­ers and sis­ters by com­ing to our events and reg­is­ter­ing as a vol­un­teer or do­nat­ing to your or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Mus­lim Food Bank and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices So­ci­ety (usu­ally re­ferred to as Mus­lim Food Bank) at www.mus­lim­food­bank.com/do­nate. Our email is con­tact@mus­lim­food­bank.com and tele­phone num­ber is 1-866-824-2525.

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