A local Queens realty firm handed out more than 300 Iftar meals, the traditional dinner after sunset during Ramadan, to help residents close out the month-long Muslim holiday.
Zara Realty partnered with the Jamaica Muslim Center and Halal Diner to hand out the free packaged meals to those observing the holiday on Friday, May 22, the last Friday night of Ramadan.
The meals, which were distributed outside the center, on 168th Street in Jamaica, contained rice, meat or vegetarian protein and dessert. As many local residents have suffered health and economic difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic, Zara has donated food, face masks, and other essentials to residents of hard-hit Queens neighborhoods.
“This is our community, where our family founded Zara Realty and where we continue to live and work,” said Zara Vice President Tony Subraj. “Many of our neighbors have struggled through this terrible pandemic and as a local, Jamaica-based firm, we feel a special obligation to help those in need.”
“Unfortunately, the worst of the COVID-19 crisis coincided with Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for many of our friends and neighbors,” saidZara Financial Controller Amir Sobhraj. “With so many in our community continuing to suffer, we wanted to do our small part to ease some of the hardship and bring a measure of joy to families celebrating throughout the Queens community.”
In addition to Iftar meals, Zara Realty has donated face masks to all of the residents of its buildings, and handed out protective equipment and cookies to frontline medical personnel at Elmhurst Hospital and Jamaica Medical Center, which both treated a high number of COVID-19 patients.