On December 29th, 2011 the MKA team of Meriden Connecticut contributed to the nationwide Khidmate Khalaq effort. Five Khuddam and one Nasir, along with the Meriden Soup Kitchen, spent one of the last days of 2011 feeding those less fortunate in their community. The team joined in prayers at Batiul Aman Mosque before heading to their destination. Wearing "Muslims for Life" t-shirts, they were recognized as members of the Muslim Community, and introduced themselves as Ahmadi Muslims. After setting up and preparing the food alongside volunteers from other communities, they opened the doors welcoming a large crowd of hungry countrymen. Some members were stationed as "food police" at a large table, while others delivered the prepared turkey lunch.
Qaid Zahir M. Mannan narrates, "we conveyed our appreciation to the host and our teammates for allowing us to partake of this wonderful opportunity. They responded with gratefulness and warmth towards our Community and us. Heart-warming sentiments were experienced and new friends were made as we connected with both the servers and the underprivileged of society".
During off hours the team engaged in tabligh through exchanging contact information and invitations to their respective religious centers.
God willing, the team plans to feed the hungry on a consistent monthly basis.
Statistics: 24 total man-hours (6 volunteers X 4 hours). 200 people fed.