Local Entrepreneur Gives Matching Grant to Help Those in Need
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command received a special gift and a challenge to others from local philanthropist Muslim Lakhani on Christmas Day that, ultimately, will help feed and house homeless individuals and families in need living throughout the greater Washington area. The gift, however, comes with a matching challenge to our community. The Salvation Army must first generate $150,000 in new donations, then Muslim Lakhani, CEO of ML Resources, a DC-based financial services company, will generously match—dollar-for-dollar—contributions (including stock) given to The Salvation Army up to $150,000.
The Salvation Army is very grateful to Mr. Lakhani and his family for this gift. These matching funds will help address the rising demand for help from men, women and children in need. The Salvation Army served over 73,000 people in 2011, approximately 14% more than the previous year.
“We are praying the community will take advantage of this blessing by Mr. Lakhani to double their donation,” according to area commander, Major Steve Morris. “Every dollar will be matched, up to $150,000, bringing twice the amount of help The Salvation Army will be able to offer people in need.”
About Muslim Lakhani
Mr. Lakhani and his family moved to Washington, DC, in 2006, bringing with him a long history of compassion for those in need. In his heart, he believes that people from all faiths must come together to address poverty and hunger.
“I hope and pray that people will give generously, and that the amount we have been fortunate to share for the past four years will hopefully become insignificant in comparison to the generosity of the many who are waiting to give,” said Mr. Lakhani.
About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 73,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth.
To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Visit us on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC.