For the incarcerated: we offer a book club. Upon the completion of each book the prisoner submits a reflection essay to us. Upon receipt, we send out the next softcover book in the series.
For the families of the incarcerated: we offer a program similar to Angel Tree except that we provide gifts to the children of incarcerated Muslims around the Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha holy days.
For prison chaplains: We offer cases of 52 Qurans for distribution to individuals, as well as a library kit of 5-6 softcover books plus a DVD, for inclusion in the facility library.
Through our Muslim Toy Chest program, we put a smile on the faces of the children of incarcerated Muslims by providing Eid gifts.
We provide referrals to prison staff and incarcerated Muslims’ families who reach out to us for assistance. We also provide religious items where requested.
We replace the worn-out, outdated donated books in prison libraries. We’ll send out high-quality literature for incarcerated Muslims; books that will transform their souls and their impression of the Muslim community outside.
Currently there are two ways requests are made:
1) Family member request. Sign up here.
2) Inmate request via postal mail or facility e-mail. Because we are in the early stage logistically, we currently limit our active outreach to prisons in New York state, but we will fulfill inmate requests from other states if they hear about us and reach out.
We are headquartered in western NY, however we receive inquiries from chaplains and inmates across the country and attempt to assist or make a referral in the best way for each inquiry. Because we are in the early stage logistically, we currently limit our active outreach of “Eid Toy Chest” to prisons in New York state, but we will fulfill inmate requests from other states if they or their families hear about us and reach out.
We do not accept used donations, however if a bookstore or vendor would like to donate new books we will see if the items in question meet our standards and then we will welcome the donation. Our goal is to give inmates quality literature that we would want for ourselves. In addition, some facilities have restrictions such as no hardcover books, or dhikr beads must only be made from plastic and be black in color (New York state prisons). Some donors may be unfamiliar with these restrictions. Contact us if you have questions.
If you are an author of an Islamic text who would like your book considered for our book club, please write to us at email@example.com
-if you have skills in bookkeeping or fundraising
-if you have nonprofit legal skills
-if you have marketing/social media skills
-Gift facilitators for Eid Toy Chest program
How would you like to join our team as a volunteer Gift Facilitator?
When inmates write to us, they provide the name and phone numbers of the caretakers who have their children. As a Gift Facilitator, you will call, introduce yourself as a member of our team, and bring them the good news that Such-and-such requested we send a gift to their child for the Muslim holidays….would they accept the package? You document their answer (which is usually “yes”) in our handy-dandy spreadsheet, and if it’s a yes, you verify the accuracy of their address.
Message us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and brief paragraph on why you’re interested. You must be able to comfortably interact with inmate family members who may not be familiar with Islam or Muslim terminology, and (rarely) they may not welcome any contact from you or the inmate. In general, we have found most families to be pleasantly surprised.
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Donate items or give us a bulk discount on books or toys