President George H.W. Bush invited Zakat Foundation’s director Halil Demir to his office in Houston to personally thank him for his leadership in serving the people of Texas when the catastrophic Category 4 storm, Hurricane Harvey, hit last August leaving one third of Houston under water and forcing 39,000 people out of their homes and into shelters. “Zakat Foundation did amazing work, thank you,” said the former president.
Zakat Foundation sent an urgent “Caravan of Love” from Chicago to Houston and distributed truckloads of aid including hygiene kits, food, baby formula, cleaning supplies, and other necessities. USA Today highlighted Zakat Foundation’s rescue efforts in Houston distinguishing it as a key charity to donate through.