Holiday message stresses need to give thanks each day, give to those in need WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today distributed a video message and editorial marking tomorrow's Thanksgiving holiday and stressing the religious obligation to give thanks each day of the year and to share with those in need. CAIR distributed the editorial below, titled "Give Thanks and Give to Those in Need," through ISLAM-OPED, a syndication service designed to offer an American Muslim perspective on current political, social and religious issues. ISLAM-OPED commentaries are offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each market area. Permission for publication will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis. (Contact: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org) ----- Give Thanks and Give to Those in Need By Nihad Awad WORD COUNT: 611 ( Nihad Awad is national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's largest Muslim civil rights organization. He may be contacted at: email@example.com.) During our nation's current economic downturn, and in the wake of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, many of our fellow Americans are suffering. That is why it is so important this Thanksgiving to show thanks for all the blessings we have by reaching out to those in need. Video: A Thanksgiving Message from CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awadhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC6C0VXJsJo American Muslims nationwide are helping set an example of such giving. Members of Georgetown University's Muslim Student Association are traveling to Tennessee to perform community service projects over their school's holiday break. In New York, Muslim attendees at a church's annual multi-faith Thanksgiving celebration donated food items for distribution to the needy. Muslims and Jews in at least 17 cities across North America will join together to provide meals to the hungry and homeless. Groups like the Muslims Against Hunger Project and American Muslims for Hunger Relief will feed homeless people in New Jersey, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. The University of Cincinnati's Muslim Student Association and Project Downtown Cincinnati combined efforts to distribute turkeys and food packages to needy families in the Cincinnati area. They adopted this effort from the Cincinnati chapter of my own organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has run this project since 2008. The Columbus office of CAIR also donated Thanksgiving turkeys to the YWCA Family Shelter as part of its Feeding Families project. These are just a few examples of what can be done by committed volunteers to help their fellow citizens who are in need.