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DAANA Day of Service, 2019

DAANA Day of Service, August 2019 

The Deccan Alumni Association of North America (DAANA) started a day of service this year to display unity, stewardship and local community engagement. This was done in the month of August with local alumni participating along with their family and friends. It was a day for us to give back to our local community and our youth led the way. It was an eye opener for many of the young participants.

Each group went out into their community and showed support to a local organization of their choice. We had several groups go to their local food banks while another group participated in a shoe drive. Each group helped in their own way. Those groups that went to food banks helped clean and package food items while the group that helped with the shoe drive not only collected shoes, but they participated in packaging new pairs of shoes that will be sent across the US. Each experience was different at each location.

This day was not just a day for us, but it was a day to show our communities we are there for them. It was a day to show our youth that it’s good to get out there and help individuals in their community. Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others”.

Here are some pictures from our Day of Service:


Peoria, IL August 29th, 2019

Midwest Food Bank

Volunteers participated in packaging food that will be donated to the non-profit organizations and disaster relief.






Austin, TX August 24th, 2019

Central Texas Food Bank

Volunteers participated in sorting, cleaning and discarding expired food.






Richmond, Virginia August 15th, 2019

Soles4Souls Shoe Warehouse

Volunteers participated in a shoe drive and assisted with sorting, pairing and packaging.






Chicago, IL August 24th, 2019

Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, IL

Volunteers participated in packing, labeling and storing canned food items.





Houston, TX August 17th, 2019

ICNA food pantry and warehouse in Houston, TX

Volunteers participated in stocking, preparation and delivery of food carts. Also clothes distribution






Dallas, TX August 24th, 2019

Sorting and packing boxes of clothes for refugees.

Helping Hand for Relief and Development in Richardson, TX







Minnesota, August 24th, 2019

Served at “People serving People”

It was a humbling experience for the team






Thank you to all that participated in the events! 


News report prepared by:
Missie Thacker, DAANA Administrative Assistant
Dr. Baseer Qazi, DAANA BOD
Dr. Farha Ikramuddin, DAANA BOD


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