In “Chicago Muslims Give Thanks, 5000 Turkeys,” the Chicago Tribune’s Manya Brachear Pashman wrote about how the Chicago Muslim community has tripled the number of turkeys it gives away to parents of Chicago Public Schools students in low-income neighborhoods on Chicago’s South side.
The turkey drive started 16 years ago when Sadia Warsi, Ph.D., now an assistant professor in NLU’s Early Childhood and Special Education programs, was teaching in a CPS third-grade classroom.
A boy in her class told her he wished simply for food in his family’s refrigerator.
The Tribune quoted Warsi saying, “I was shocked that in a country like ours that was a child’s wish.”
Warsi asked members of Chicago’s Muslim community to provide turkeys, and the effort grew. With its expansion this year, volunteers will provide turkeys to parents in eight CPS schools in three underserved neighborhoods.