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Ramadan Sharing Fridges are back across Dubai



The compassionate minds responsible for last year’s moving Sharing Fridges initiative have gathered yet again to help care for the less fortunate by providing free food.

The group that started with a mere handful of volunteers has since expanded to a fully functional team of over 25,000.

Founded by Sumayyah Sayed and Nadia Sarie just last year, the Ramadan/Sharing Fridges in the UAE Facebook group  has over 25,000 members, while its Instagram page @ramadanfridgesdxb has over 700 followers.

It shows people coming together to give back to their community by supplying either food, fridges and time to ensuring that people stay healthy throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan.

According to Sumayyah Sayed and Anne Mulcahy, who spoke to ShortList, the initiative has not only managed to give back to the less fortunate but has developed relationships and built bridges between people of different races, religions and nationalities.

“The initiative has definitely built bridges between us and our community workers. They, too, are a father, a brother, a son to someone, and it’s nice to share what little we may have with those who are away from their families,” they said in a joint statement.

“We brought together people from so many different backgrounds and religions which proves to the rest of the world that it is possible to unite. There is a common ground, we just need to look for it.”

Newly licensed under the umbrella of Red Crescent and in association with Open Arms UAE, the group now has its app, Community Fridge, which aims to make it easier for donators to participate.

If you like to get involved, here’s four things you need know about the Sharing Fridges initiative…

1. The mission extends across Dubai.
There are branches in Mirdif, Jumeriah, Dubai Marina, Al Quoz and more. Here’s a map of the fridge locations.You can also request to join the group’s Facebook page.

2. Ready-made hot meals will not be accepted.
Beverages such as water, fruit juices and soda, as well as fruits, vegetables, nuts, biscuits and chips, are some of the most popular items.

3. Operation timings.
The fridges are open 24 hours a day, however, peak volunteer timings are from 8am to 6pm as those are the working hours for most blue-collar workers.

4. Stock control.
You can check which fridge needs to be restocked by checking the Community Fridge app.

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