LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — While many people got a jump start on the Fourth of July celebrations this weekend, some volunteers made sure the less fortunate had enough to eat this Independence Day.
“In any capacity where sometimes as a society, we tend to oversee things and those negligent are there, so I-CERV identifies those negligent areas and that’s where they go,” Nazim Ali, I-CERV Project Manager.
In just a matter of hours, one religious group packed 10,000 meals for the hungry in Pulaski County.
They call themselves I-CERV, which stands for Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering. Saturday, they hosted the first ever Freedom From Hunger event.
Some of these volunteers traveled from different cities in the United States to spend their Saturday packing meals to make sure everyone in our community had something to eat while celebrating our freedom.
Tasneem Devani has been a member of I-CERV for most of her life.
“Serving is about feeling. Serving is about coming together. Serving, for us, means we are able to benefit someone else,” she said.
These attributes of service were imprinted in Devani’s heart at a young age.
“I’ve been serving since I was eight years old,” she said.
Devani said this is not uncommon for the volunteers that make up I-CERV.
“From that young age, that concept, that notion of service continues when you’re an adult as well,” she said.