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USA: Local builder holds fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy

All donations will go to Humanity First USA, a worldwide disaster relief organization, to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. According to the organization’s calculations, more than one million people have not fully recovered.

Photo: Your Houston News

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | US Desk
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By Crystal Simmons | December 11, 2012

When Hurricane Sandy devastated the East coast, disaster relief volunteer N. Harris Malik was reminded of a night not too long ago spent watching the pine trees nearly touch the ground during Hurricane Ike.

“We knew one of them was going to come down,” he said. “At exactly 4 a.m. one of those trees came down and landed right next to the window. It went from one end of the house to the other.”

The tree managed to miss the house by a couple of feet and only did minor damage to the gutters and windows. Malik and his family had escaped the storm practically unscathed.

However, for many Hurricane Sandy victims, a night spent in a similar situation did not turn out alright. Around 100 East coasters lost their lives as the 100-year storm overtook 24 states, causing massive flooding and destruction. In the wake of the storm, many others were left without homes, power and gas in freezing weather.

While Americans responded to the tragedy enthusiastically at first, volunteers became less forthcoming as the media hype surrounding the event lessened.

In response, Malik, who is well-known in the community as the owner of Sunrise Custom Homes and the former owner of Just Burgers, is hosting a fundraiser dinner Thursday, Dec. 13, at Shirley Acres in Spring to benefit hurricane victims and, he hopes, to spread a little holiday cheer.

“No one welcomes these horrific disasters, especially this time of year, when it’s time for celebration and family time,” said Malik.

All donations will go to Humanity First USA, a worldwide disaster relief organization, to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. According to the organization’s calculations, more than one million people have not fully recovered.

The fundraiser will feature a live and silent auction and several local dignitaries, including state representatives Debbie Riddle and Dan Huberty, Commissioner R. Jack Cagle and U.S. Congressman Ted Poe. Several items will be auctioned off including boots, two autographed basketballs, one signed by Robert Horry and the other by Hakeem Olajuwon, iPads and a chance to have a flag displayed with the donor’s name at the capitol for a day of the donor’s choice.

Malik, an ambassador of Humanity First, has volunteered with the organization for more than 10 years, and still feels passionate about each project. During that time, he has attended disaster relief trainings, hosted fundraisers and trained volunteers.

“On a local level, we reach out to local communities and try to raise funds,” said Malik. “For the last 3 weeks I’ve been driving from Spring, Sugar Land, Kingwood to Clear Lake, wherever we can find donors.”

Malik aims to raise at least $50,000 for Humanity First, but, so far, donors have committed $30,000. More than 90 percent of the funds will go directly to victims, he said.

“When you see most other non-profit organizations, their administration costs are as high as 67 percent. That’s a lot of money going to administration. With Humanity First, their administration costs are only 7 percent,” he said. “Twenty-eight percent for administration was the lowest I’ve seen in other organizations. If I’m giving a buck, I want it to go towards the cause and not to entertain that administration”

Currently, the organization has a group of 20 volunteers trained in disaster relief working in the hardest hit areas. Since the hurricane hit, Humanity First has provided hot meals to 3,700 victims and helped rebuild 50 homes.

“When Katrina came, Humanity First was there for several months. When Ike came, they were there. They were in Haiti, Indonesia,” he said. Now the team is helping Hurricane Sandy victims, he said.

Shirley Acres is located at 217 Woemer Road, Houston, TX 77090.

Fundraiser information:

    Individual seat = $200 [$170 Tax Deductible]
    Beneficiary Level – Individual Seat = $300 [$270 Tax Deductible]
    Beneficiary Level – Table of 10 = $2000 [$1700 Tax Deductible]

    Tickets are available online at php?option=com_content&task= view&id=226. Attendees must RSVP immediately to attend. Those who are unable to attend can donate online at http://usa.humanityfirst.org/index. php?option=com_content&task= view&id=226.

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