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A local Muslim youth group is offering neighbours a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic

Members of Canada's largest Muslim youth group launched the 'Neighbourhood Helper' initative to boost spirits and help those who need support
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As part of a nationwide Muslim youth association's “Neighbourhood Helper” campaign, Vancouver youth will be offering their services to those who need assistance with tasks like picking up groceries or filling prescriptions, as well as providing overall moral support.  Photo: Getty Images

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to spike in B.C. and across the country, the worsening pandemic has undoubtedly created more stress and challenges for many. 

As such, Vancouver members of Canada's largest Muslim youth group are joining a nationwide initiative to offer their neighbours an unconditional helping hand with whatever issues they may be facing. 

Dubbed the “Neighbourhood Helper” campaign, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association is looking to assist as many Canadians who need it—including those who are self-isolating at home, or seniors who may not feel comfortable venturing out to a grocery store—in the lead-up to the holiday season. 

Vancouver Muslim youth are extending their services to help locals with tasks like picking up groceries, filling prescriptions or delivering essential items, or even just by providing overall moral support, as part of the initiative.

“As we are faced with the second wave of COVID-19, Canadians should work together and support each other during this difficult time,” said Zubair Afzal, national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Canada in a release. “We have launched the Neighbourhood Helper campaign to boost the spirits of Canadians and help those who need support.”

The youth group is encouraging anyone in need assistance to call 1-855-HELP811, or sign up on the campaign's website.

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