ZF Initiates Chicagoans For Texas Relief Effort with the ‘Caravan of Love’

CHICAGO, AUGUST 31, 2017 — In response to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) is mobilizing an emergency relief response team.

“As a humanitarian organization, we are operating around the world, but we would never neglect our duties to our own people here at home,” said Halil Demir, Executive Director of ZF. “It is imperative that every American opens their heart to victims of Hurricane Harvey, and rush to aid.”

ZF will be sending a truck envoy carrying humanitarian aid to support communities in need. This “Caravan of Love” will officially depart the ZF parking lot (7421 W. 100th Place, Bridgeview, IL) this Saturday, September 2nd at 3 p.m. For those who wish to join our relief effort, you may follow us in your trucks as we travel to the Houston area.

“Because the people of Texas need prayers, support and love,” Demir said, “we call our effort the ‘Caravan of Love’ from Chicago to Texas!”

We are reaching out to the Chicagoland community for assistance. Please join us in helping those in need by donating items between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the ZF office. An abbreviated list of needed items are as follows:

  • Water
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Toilet Paper
  • Diapers / Wipes
  • Plastic Forks, Spoons, Knives, Sporks
  • Batteries / Flashlights
  • Baby Formula
  • Non-perishable Food Items (i.e. granola bars, crackers)

For an ongoing list of items, please visit our website of zakat.org.


Founded in 2001, Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) helps generous and caring people reach out to those in need. ZF’s mission is to address immediate needs and ensure the self-reliance of the poorest people around the world. ZF conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 50 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.ZAKAT.org.