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We replace the worn-out, outdated donated books in prison libraries.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) A family member who learns about us emails, writes, or messages us through social media and requests a gift because their spouse is in prison.
2) An inmate writes to us via postal 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 have an Eid Toy Chest brochure that we send into the prisons; view it here.
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.
-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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