SUNBURY – Concern for the well-being of members of the Sunbury neighborhood pressured Sonia Amar of the Sunbury Islamic Middle to prepare a meals giveaway exterior the mosque on Sunday afternoon.
Individuals began lining up at 1 p.m. earlier than the two-hour draw that began at 1:30 p.m.
“Individuals are not doing nicely,” Amar mentioned.
When a good friend informed her that there had been a latest spike in dwelling and automotive thefts, “I mentioned, that is it. We now have to do one thing to assist the neighborhood,” she mentioned. “Individuals are struggling. Individuals are struggling and we’re all on this collectively.”
Amar referred to as Sunbury Mayor Kurt Karlovich to ensure it might be okay to carry a meals raffle exterior the Islamic Middle on North Fourth Road.
“Not solely did he say it was okay,” he mentioned, “however he shared the information on the town’s web site.”
The baggage, all purchased by the Islamic Middle, contained 15 gadgets, Amar mentioned, together with staples like eggs, bread and cheese. But in addition toiletries and sundries, together with detergents and disinfectants.
“I actually recognize this,” mentioned Wayne Dallman of Sunbury, who accepted one of many blue baggage.
“Would you like some further cheese?” Amar requested him.
Amber Neidig and her 2-year-old son, Mason, 2, lined up, besides when Mason opted to trip in his automotive.
“He is a bit shy,” mentioned Amber from Sunbury as she accepted a bag of meals from Sonia.
The concept for the giveaway happened in two weeks, Amar mentioned.
“It occurred shortly due to the individuals right here who belief me,” he mentioned.
“There may be love in each bag,” she mentioned. “It isn’t only a bag stuffed with meals. We did this with care and love.”
All of the individuals in line wore face masks and adhered to correct social distancing.