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Muslim Student Association raise awareness for homeless and hunger week

26 November 2013 By Sydney Engelhardt, Staff Writer No Comments
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For homeless and hunger awareness week, students from the Muslim Student Association sat outside the University Union and by Freedom Square for five days last week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., pretending to be homeless.

The group wanted to raise awareness on campus about hunger and homelessness in Baltimore and promote the Hunger Banquet event that took place on Friday in the Chesapeake rooms from 8 to 11 p.m. Salsabeel Abdelhamid, a member of the MSA, said.

“We want Towson students to be aware that hunger is not only in third worlds, it’s in Baltimore, in their backyard,” Abdelhamid said.

Most of the time students feel sorry for third world people but view homeless people near them as dangerous or lazy, but it is not that simple. The homeless are people too, she said.

We have had a good turn out, about 40 people stopped the first day, Aayesha Aijaz said, another student involved.
Although they accepted donations that would go to buying sleeping bags for the homeless in Baltimore, the event was not about raising money.

It was mostly educational with the goal to get students to understand that you don’t have to give money to make a difference, a smile and greeting can go a long way, Abdelhamid said.

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