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WEST HAVEN, Oct. 3, 2019 — Mayor Nancy R. Rossi joins President Omer Kizilcik of the Wellspring Community Center, formerly known as the Turkish Cultural Center of Connecticut, on Thursday, Oct. 3, at City Hall to announce the center’s gift of 120 pounds of ground beef to the West Haven Emergency Assistance Task Force.
The donation was made possible through the center’s partnership with Embrace Relief, a nonprofit international humanitarian relief and development organization based in Fairfield, N.J.
The beef was blessed Aug. 11-14 during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, meaning “Feast of Sacrifice.” The most important Islamic holiday marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim — Abraham to Christians and Jews — to sacrifice his son.
During the four-day holiday, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor, and eat the rest.
Rose Majestic, executive director of WHEAT at 674 Washington Ave., said the beef will feed 4,000 city families in need.
West Haven has the state’s largest Turkish American population.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)