MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — Nearly two months have passed since gunmen opened fire at two New Zealand mosques. Now a local youth group is honoring each of those killed in unique ways.
Sarah Alzabet’s on a mission. The 18-year-old board member of Murfreesboro Muslim Youth was busy Thursday, dropping off food for a Christiana mobile food bank.
“It means a lot,” noted Carolyn Young, Director of the organization Way of Hope. “It’s so many people that do need help.”
This charitable act was born of tragedy.
Just this week, authorities in New Zealand have upped the death toll in the mosque terror attack to at least 50.
When news initially broke of the shooting, the Murfreesboro youth group was unsure how to respond.
“We gathered our youth group and we talked about it, the feelings and the frustration. They expressed how they feel,” said Abdou Kattih, president of the Murfreesboro Muslim Youth group.
“At the end of the meeting, we decided there was some kind of action we needed to take,” added Alzabet. “That we needed to do something.”
Their mission soon began. It’s called 50 for fifty, as the group sets out to do charitable acts for each of those killed.
Their acts are big and small, including making treats for bus drivers, to donating 50 Mylar blankets for the homeless.
A large group of youth recently dropped off gifts and visited with a local retirement home.
“We just kind of made the list,” said Alzabet. “And we decided that we’re gonna go out of our way and try everything we could.”
To date, more than 30 acts have been finished, with around 15 to go.
For more information, visit their website here.